Programme News

2 December 2013
(Press release)
Refugee and asylum-seeker traders are seeking leave to appeal the dismissal of their case before the North Gauteng High Court where they challenged the unlawful closure of their informal businesses by the police. The challenge comes in the light of their right to work and trade as refugees and asylum-seekers in South Africa. In September this year, Lawyers  for Human Rights (LHR) brought an...
6 November 2013
(News)
South Africa, soon to celebrate 20 years of freedom, owes much to its African neighbours for political and economic support during our anti-apartheid struggle. However, close historical relations have often not translated into considered bilateral co-operation with regard to our migration policies after 1994. It is to South Africa’s economic and social detriment that we have not been able...
1 November 2013
(News)
  In September, an application was brought against the Limpopo provincial government and several departments, submitting that refugees and asylum seekers legally in the country were "entitled to trade and operate business to earn a living in circumstances where they had no other means of livelihood". Foreign shopkeepers are taking their battle to run businesses freely in townships...
1 November 2013
(News)
Migrant and refugee experts have warned that xenophobic violence in South Africa appears to be on the increase - this at a time when a high court has declared an Ekurhuleni township a disaster zone. The Johannesburg High Court ordered in an October 16 ruling that the Ekurhuleni municipality address the plight of victims of xenophobic violence after Somali, Bangladeshi and Ethiopian communities in...
28 October 2013
(News)
An identity document crisis has left the family of a matric pupil in despair. Amogelang Ngakane, 18, may not be able to begin her final exams on Monday because she does not have a South African ID. Her guardian, Thuli Msingatha, has spent the past year trying to get Home Affairs to issue Amogelang with a birth certificate in order for her to get an ID. Amogelang was born in South Africa. Her...
28 October 2013
(Press release)
PRESS RELEASE Of the 353 Home Affairs online birth registration facilities currently available in hospitals across the country, 111 (31.4%) are currently experiencing debilitating "infrastructure or IT related problems", according to a reply to a DA parliamentary question. Online birth registration facilities play a crucial role in ensuring that birth registrations take place as soon as...
22 October 2013
(News)
Ali Omar Mohamed fled Somalia’s civil war two years ago to seek a better life in South Africa. Now after being robbed at gunpoint and seeing scores of his countrymen murdered in xenophobic violence, he’s ready to leave. Mohammed, a 21-year-old shopkeeper, is part of a growing tide of immigrants who say they prefer returning to a war zone rather than face the hatred and jealousy they...
22 October 2013
(News)
More than 170 foreign nationals in Limpopo whose spaza shops have been closed by police in the past few months - as they do not have trading licences or say they have found it impossible to obtain these from local authorities - have failed in their bid to get the Pretoria High Court to come to their aid. Judge Natvarlal Ranchod turned down the application by the Somali Association of South Africa...
11 October 2013
(News)
The home affairs department will visit farming communities across South Africa to inspect the immigration status of workers, Minister Naledi Pandor told an Agri SA summit on Thursday. The presence and employment of illegal and undocumented people poses a grave national security risk, Pandor said in Pretoria. "One of the things I have always argued for is that everyone in South Africa should...
11 October 2013
(Press release)
A mental health and HIV pilot project has been launched by the UNHCR in partnership with Lawyers for Human Rights and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Torture to provide a holistic support to refugees and asylum-seekers with mental health illnesses. The project, aiming to address the needs of people with mental health problems and improve the mental well-being of refugees in Gauteng, will...