For once, political point-scoring actually had a positive effect: It highlighted the need to improve South Africa's legal framework for refugees and asylum seekers - to ensure that destitute people don't fall through the cracks caused when bureaucracies clash, writes parliamentary reporter Jan Gerber.
It's a phenomenon as old as humanity itself – people moving across the globe for their survival. And humans aren't the only animals doing it. One could say immigration is a biological imperative.
And yet, immigrants fleeing persecution and hardship - more often than not – are met with cold-heartedness and brutality.