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Home Affairs puts in place new immigration laws

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Home Affairs Inspectorate officials, alongside SAPS, the City of Cape Town, Departments of Social Development and Health and other law enforcement agencies, are busy performing an operation at the temporary facility called Paint City in Bellville, Cape Town.

The facility was established on 02 April 2020 to help asylum seekers and refugees in Cape Town stay safe during the pandemic and subsequent lockdown - in line with the Disaster Management Act.

The officials were joined by law enforcement officials to successfully perform the functions of the Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs (SCRA) and the Refugee Appeals Authority (RAA).

They also aim to identify and verify - in terms of Refugees Act and Immigration Act - the status of foreign nationals who moved into the temporary facility on and after 02 April 2020.

In February and March of this year, the department conducted an operation to identify and verify all the foreign nationals who attended the Green Market Square protests.

Ever since SA moved to Alert Level 1 of the Lockdown, officials of the SCRA and RAA have been able to process and finalise the appeals of the affected asylum seekers.

The officials returned to Paint City on Thursday after the protesting asylum seekers and refugees refused to cooperate with them on 22 October 2020.

The SCRA and the RAA have already concluded their work in the other temporary facility called Wingfield in Maitland, Cape Town.

“The department will communicate the outcome of this operation after all processes have been concluded,” the Department of Home Affairs said in a statement.

 

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