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22 July 2015
East Rand Stereo

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LHR's Jacob van Garderen discusses the LHR/ACMS report "Queue Here For Corruption" on East Rand Stereo. The report details corruption at SA's reception offices.
23 July 2015
The Citizen
Pay up or go undocumented. This is the corrupt asylum system at South Africa’s refugee offices, making life even more difficult for an already marginalised group in society. A report into the “rampant corruption” within the system exposes significant levels of crookery, with access, documentation, status and renewal requests having all been linked to some form of payment.
23 July 2015
Daily Maverick
A report by Lawyers for Human Rights and the University of the Witwatersrand-based African Centre for Migration and Society, released this week, paints an ugly picture of the culture of bribery in South Africa’s refugee reception offices.
27 July 2015
Business Day
OF THE five refugee reception offices in the country‚ Marabastad in Pretoria is the most corrupt‚ a research report released by Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) has revealed. The report, entitled Queue here for corruption — Measuring irregularities in South Africa’s asylum system, was launched at a seminar at the University of the Witwatersrand’s law school on Wednesday.
23 July 2015
Talk Radio 702
Almost a third of the people who have to deal with Home Affairs Refugee Reception Offices (RROs) in South Africa have been asked for bribes. This is according to a recent report by Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and the African Centre for Migration and Society. CapeTalk and 702 presenter Redi Tlhabi spoke with National Director at LHR's Jacob van Garderen. Understanding refugee and asylum-seeking status and how it is compromised by corruption
22 July 2015
Bloomberg
Refugees seeking asylum in South Africa are routinely asked for bribes at reception centers and border posts, two human rights groups said. Almost 30 percent of the 928 asylum seekers surveyed while they were in or waiting to enter South African refugee reception offices experienced instances of corruption, Lawyers for Human Rights and the African Centre for Migration and Society said in a report. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela should probe the issue, they said Wednesday.
22 July 2015
eNCA
Widespread corruption is threatening the safety of those applying for asylum in South Africa. Under-the-table payments are commonplace at refugee offices meaning some genuine asylum seekers are forced to return home, where they face persecution. In Marabatad, Pretoria, more than half the refugees surveyed said they had been asked for a bribe. “Not enough seriousness. Not enough attention was given by the department to this problem,” said Jacob van Garderen of Human Rights Lawyers.
22 July 2015
Daily Maverick
A new report on the experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa paints an abysmal picture of endemic corruption, extortion, deliberate delays and serial abuse at almost all stages of the process. A range of South Africans from security guards at the department of home affairs’ offices and police, to home affairs and border post officials, prey on the vulnerable and desperate. By MARIANNE THAMM.
22 July 2015
Eyewitness News
Corruption Watch says it is shocked by the findings of its latest investigations, which have revealed the extent of malpractice at refugee reception offices. On average asylum seekers are reportedly being forced to pay at least four bribes to have their legal documents finalised. Investigations have found that bribes are paid for a number of services, including directing applicants to the correct queue. Kabelo Sedupane of Corruption Watch says dishonest officials are continuously finding ways to make money from desperate asylum seekers.
22 July 2015
Business Day
Were it not for municipal by-laws, the area outside the Marabastad refugee reception centre run by the Department of Home Affairs could easily become a tent city akin to a makeshift refugee camp. Marabastad is one of the centres where refugees have to go to secure the necessary documentation to remain legally in SA. It has been identified in a report by Lawyers for Human Rights and the African Centre for Migration and Society as a hotbed of corruption, specifically bribe solicitation by officials.