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7 August 2015
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...
6 August 2015
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...
28 July 2015
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. Senior researcher, Roni Amit, says many...
28 July 2015
Children seeking asylum will now be included in their caregiver’s application‚ regardless of whether they are biological relatives‚ Lawyers for Human Rights and the Centre for Child Law said. This follows a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday that all children entering South Africa with an relative applying for asylum will be a regarded as a dependent of the...
28 July 2015
The Department of Home Affairs has gone into damage control mode following a report that listed its Marabastad office as its most corrupt. In response to the damning finding, in which Durban was found to be the least corrupt, at 3%, the department has set up Operation Bvisa Masina - Vendan for "throw out the rot" - to restore order throughout Home Affairs branches. A response team...
27 July 2015
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. If we took the time to understand what drives anyone to leave the country of their birth - at times leaving behind loved ones such as children, spouses,...
27 July 2015
The Department of Home Affairs went into damage control mode following a report that listed its Marabastad office as its most corrupt. In response to the damning finding, the department had set up a response team and a counter-corruption initiative — Operation Bvisa Masina, which is Venda for "throw out the rot" — to restore order throughout Home Affairs branches. Home...
25 July 2015
Certain home affairs offices have been singled out for attention because they are apparently hotbeds for fraud and corruption. This was the message delivered by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba at a press briefing in Pretoria on the report about corruption at Marabastad Refugee Reception Office. The report‚ released early last week by Lawyers for Human Rights (LRA) and the African Centre...
24 July 2015
On any given weekday somewhere between 500 and well over a thousand people line up at the Marabastad office of the department of home affairs, on the fringes of downtown Pretoria, to be processed for paperwork to confirm or reconfirm their status as asylum seekers or refugees in South Africa. Before they leave again, according to research published this week, about half of them will have paid at...
23 July 2015
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) revealed. The report entitled "Queue here for corruption - Measuring irregularities in South Africa's asylum system" was launched at a seminar at the...