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5 March 2009
Thousands of Zimbabwean refugees are stranded after authorities in South Africa moved to shut a camp sheltering them in the border town of Musina.The refugees had fled a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe and many hoped to seek political asylum in South Africa. The government said the refugees would be transferred to a military base, but aid officials criticised the move.Hollywood star Matt Damon, who...
26 February 2009
The Minister of Home Affairs has been ordered by thePretoria High Court to immediately release an asylum seeker from of theDemocratic Republic of the Congo who is being held at the Lindela HoldingFacility in Krugersdorp. 

Max Boziss, 28, desperately tried to renew hisasylum seeker temporary permit, but long queues at the department prevented himfrom doing so in time. It was stated in court...
23 February 2009
IT HAS been nine months since a wave of xenophobic attacks swept across the country leaving 62 people dead in its wake. To date less than a tenth of the more than 1400 people arrested for the horrific crimes are behind bars.Civil rights groups maintain that the National Prosecuting Authority is not making enough progress in the prosecution of the suspects. NPA spokesman Tlali...
10 February 2009
Lawyers fight to improve refugee facility By Zelda Venter Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) are to approach the Pretoria High Court in a bid to force the government to improve conditions at a holding facility for refugees in Musina, or have it closed down. This follows the outbreak of cholera in Zimbabwe, which has since spread to Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng. It is claimed conditions at the...
5 February 2009
January 24, 2009 By BARRY BEARAK MUSINA, South Africa - They bear the look of street urchins, their eyes on the prowl for useful scraps of garbage and their bodies covered in clothes no cleaner than a mechanic's rags. Near midnight, these Zimbabwean children can be found sleeping outside almost anywhere in this border city. A 12-year-old girl named No Matter Hungwe, hunched beneath the...
9 January 2009
Police say Albert Park ward councillor Vusi Khoza was arrested, apparently in connection with the robbery and assault of a man who lives in the area.He was arrested after it was alleged that he had accused a man of stealing a local woman's cellphone, according to police. The incident took place on Saturday, a day before locals attacked foreign nationals in the building. Police spokesperson...
8 January 2009
Staff Writer NO ARRESTS have been made in the attacks on foreigners in Durban at the weekend, despite alleged perpetrators being pointed out and CCTV footage clearly identifying them, Sherylle Dass of Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) said yesterday. Dass said allegations were also made that members of the local Community Policing Forum (CPF) and African National Congress ward councillor Vusi...
18 November 2008
JOHANNESBURG - Threats to boycott next year's general election followed the ConstitutionalCourt's postponement of the Moutse demarcation row on Tuesday."We won't vote," said a frustrated Abraham Mahlangu, echoing similar calls by Khutsongresidents ahead of the last election over their own incorporation into theNorth West from Gauteng.Mahlangu,the chairman of the Sehlakwane Demarcation...
22 October 2008
October 21, 2008, 18:15 Sick and dying inmates are being left to waste away behind prison walls. The harrowing scenes can be seen on secret footage taken inside a Gauteng prison. The exclusive footage forms part of a Special Assignment investigation into medical parole, which airs later tonight. Shocking images from behind the walls of Modderbee prison, east of Johannesburg, are exposed. An...
14 October 2008
Business Day - State to review decisions on cross-border municipalities  Sibongakonke Shoba - Staff Writer COMMUNITIES in areas where their municipalities were incorporated into other provinces against their will, seem to have won the battle as the government is now reviewing these decisions. The provincial and local government department told Business Day that the decisions affecting...