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Arrests made but more work needed at DHA

By Thato Mahlangu A sting operation by the police led to the arrest of a corrupt official of the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) on 9 January 2020. Home affairs minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi said in a statement he welcomed the arrest of immigration official Sam Langa who was arrested for demanding a bribe from Read more >

Zim parents must buy fake permits for schoolchildren

South Africa’s home affairs department is not immigrant-friendly. At least, not to immigrants who are ordinary people trying to make a modest living. If you’re wealthy, it may be another story entirely. Our Project Lokisa report, released in November 2016, exposed rampant corruption in Home Affairs’ Marabastad refugee offices, where people were forced to pay Read more >

New campaign to safeguard SA’s asylum-seekers

PRESS RELEASE: SIBANTU BANYE/WE ARE ONE PEOPLE: WORLD REFUGEE DAY CELEBRATION People’s Coalition Against Xenophobia launches actions to safeguard asylum-seekers in South Africa ahead of World Refugee Day Weekend event starts advocacy effort to protect asylum-seeker rights and pledge campaign to fight xenophobia 2016-06-16 JOHANNESBURG – On the eve of World Refugee Day (20 June), Read more >

Corrupt officials make life tough for refugees

By Valencia Talane In May 2012 home affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni stated in Parliament that the department had noted progress in the implementation of the Refugees Amendment Act of 2011. The focus of his presentation before the portfolio committee on home affairs was the state’s improved ability to track the records of applicants of asylum Read more >