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17 April 2015
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Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has expressed grave concern about calls for the establishment of refugee camps in response to the xenophobic violence which continues to spread across the country. Patricia Erasmus, head of LHR’s Refugee and Migrant Rights programme, said refugee camps would only serve to further alienate this already vulnerable population. “The policy of encampment...
16 April 2015
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With millions of legal and illegal immigrants living in South Africa - the fervor behind the latest xenophobic attacks cannot be ignored. Tonight, Bruce Whitfield is joined by Wayne Ncube from Lawyers for Human Rights to discuss what is behind the latest attacks.  
16 April 2015
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South Africa has one of the world’s best refugee policies but it is not being implemented and the system is tainted by “corruption”, experts say. They were responding to claims that it was the thousands of undocumented immigrants in Durban who have ignited the xenophobic hatred. Despite the law and policy ANC secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, on Wednesday said South Africa...
16 April 2015
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Parliament’s portfolio committee on home affairs released a statement last week — titled, Flouting of immigration regulations a concern — in which it warned foreign nationals in SA not to commit crimes and put "in jeopardy the basis on which they are in SA". The committee quoted instances from the recent mugging of South African Broadcasting Corporation journalists to...
16 April 2015
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South African President Jacob Zuma condemned a wave of attacks against foreigners that has claimed five lives in the past week and said the government would seek to better control immigration. “No amount of frustration or anger can ever justify attacks on foreign nationals and looting of their shops,” Zuma said Thursday in Parliament in Cape Town. “We condemn the violence in the...
16 April 2015
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South Africa’s ruling African National Congress called on the government to set up refugee camps as a way of stemming a surge of attacks against immigrants, a proposal criticized by human rights groups. “One of the things the government must look at is the tightening of the management of immigration laws,” Gwede Mantashe, secretary-general of the ANC, said in an interview on...
15 April 2015
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Head of LHR's Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme, Patricia Erasmus, discusses xenophobic violence that has erupted across South Africa.
15 April 2015
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At least five people have been killed and dozens arrested in South Africa in recent days as residents of the coastal city of Durban began attacking foreigners, their homes and places of business. The anti-foreigner violence in the busy port city, which continued on Tuesday, is reminiscent of the 2008 attacks in Johannesburg that killed more than 60 people and displaced thousands. Since Friday,...
15 April 2015
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The Durban city centre was a battlefield yesterday with mobs of South Africans attacking foreign-owned shops, and foreigners taking up arms to fight back. About 200 people stoned foreign-owned shops on Dr Pixley KaSeme Street (West Street), prompting riot police to shut down the area. The battles broke out within an hour of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba assuring diplomats from Nigeria,...
15 April 2015
(Press release)
Lawyers for Human Rights continues to monitor and assist victims of xenophobic violence that has again erupted across South Africa. These interventions have focused on short, medium and long term solutions. Several people have been killed so far in the attacks and thousands more injured and displaced. The spike in the violence raised questions of whether these attacks simply flare up every few...