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11 August 2015
Talk Radio 702
Parliament's home affairs committee has now adopted the refugees amendment bill , that it says will make it easier for people seeking asylum here to appeal earlier decisions, and for them to apply to stay in the country.
11 August 2015
Mail & Guardian Online
On Wednesday, the Constitutional court dismissed an application by the department of home affairs to appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment that declared its decision to close the Port Elizabeth refugee office unlawful. This means that the SCA judgment stands.
11 August 2015
Business Day
The media and the public will now be allowed to attend asylum seekers’ appeals when conducted following the adoption of the Refugee Amendment Bill. Parliament’s portfolio committee on home affairs adopted the bill last week. The bill would ease asylum seekers’ appeals and refugees’ applications to maintain their status in the country as it would fast-track both processes, the Department of Home Affairs said.
11 August 2015
Cape Argus
A Western Cape Cape High Court judge is facing a legal conundrum after three illegal immigrants arrested during a national clampdown – Operation Fiela – turned to the courts to test the lawfulness of their detention. Judge Dennis Davis found himself on the verge of “pulling out his hair” on Friday when he was faced with arguments for and against the release of the three Zimbabweans.
11 August 2015
eNCA
The Constitutional court has passed a judgment ordering the Port Elizabeth Home Affairs to reopen the Refugee Reception Office saying the closure was unlawful. Lawyers for Human Rights say this judgment will go a long way to ensuring refugees are protected under international law. Despite a Constitutional Court judgment for the Home Affairs to reopen the Reception Office, it remained closed for business leaving thousands of immigrants in legal and financial limbo. The Home Affairs says it will study the judgment before deciding what further steps to take.
8 August 2015
The Citizen
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has expressed outrage at the use of “derogatory and offensive remarks” by Deputy Minister of Police Maggie Sotyu during a memorial service for three slain officers. Sotyu was speaking at the joint memorial service of constables Njabulo Buthelezi, James Seolwane and Celimpilo Hlabisa at the Vosloorus Civic Centre last week. They were recently killed in the line of duty in separate incidents.
7 August 2015
eNCA
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has condemned Deputy Police Minister Makhotso Sotyu’s remarks on the recent police killings. Speaking at the memorial service for slain police officers on 4 August 2015, Sotyu told mourners that “our strategic implementation plan must always intend to treat heinous criminals as outcasts, who must neither have place in the society nor peace in their cells. They must be treated as cockroaches”.
7 August 2015
Mail & Guardian Online
On Wednesday, the Constitutional court dismissed an application by the department of home affairs to appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment that declared its decision to close the Port Elizabeth refugee office unlawful. This means that the SCA judgment stands.
6 August 2015
Eyewitness News
A police officer shot and wounded in Mitchells Plain may have been targeted, this according to Mitchell's Plain police. The policeman was shot at a petrol station in Rocklands and was rushed to the nearest hospital. Mitchells Plain cops say the off-duty officer was filling his car at a fuel station on the corner of Cedars Avenue and Boshof Way when he was shot by an unknown attacker. Police suspect it was a pre-meditated and deliberate attack, because the officer was in civilian clothes at the time.
28 July 2015
The New Age
Researchers have warned that disturbingly high levels of corruption in the Asylum Seeking Process may soon spread to other areas of the public service. For the first time, the African Centre for Migration and Society, together with Lawyers for Human Rights, conducted research which shows that close to a third of migrants is experiencing corruption.