Protection Denied: Asylum in the New South Africa
In commemoration of World Refugee Day on 20 June, the National Consortium of Refugee Affairs, in collaboration with Lawyers for Human Rights and Wits Forced Migration Studies Programme, is issuing a report outlining these hazards and the government’s efforts to address them. It begins by congratulating
By now these stories are all too familiar: People sleeping outside offices just to file an application; security guards and translators demanding money simply to walk through the door; long delays and lost files; police abuse; and denial of key social services—including life saving medical care. In the words of a Zimbabwean asylum seeker who has been in
These are not new problems. To its credit, the DHA has launched a turnaround strategy to address many of the technical difficulties in the asylum system. Some Local Governments have also begun reaching out to the refugees in their cities. But such responses are not enough. Even as the DHA reviews outstanding asylum claims, thousands of people fleeing violence and oppression in the Democratic Republic of Congo,
This not only hurts refugees, but those who depend on them and the communities in which they live.
Loren B. Landau is Director of Wits University’s Forced Migration Studies Programme and Executive Committee Chair for the National Consortium of Refugee Affairs. The NCRA will launch its, ‘State of