Archive from May, 2023
May 29, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Tongaat Home Affairs official gunned down in street

The woman is believed to have been on her way home at the time of her murder.
An as yet unidentified Home Affairs official was shot and killed in Gopalall Hurbans Road in Tongaat on Thursday afternoon at around 4pm.
Members of Reaction Unit South Africa (RUSA) swiftly responded to multiple reports of the shooting.
Eyewitnesses told RUSA officials a male passenger abruptly exited a still-moving car before drawing a firearm and opening fire on the woman driver. Her vehicle veered off the road and collided with a construction barrier. Read more…

May 29, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Automatic abandonment of asylum application: An analysis of the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town v Minister of Home Affairs judgment

The process of applying for asylum in South Africa is governed by the Refugees Act 130 of 1998 (Refugees Act). Sections 22(12) and 22(13) were introduced into the Refugees Act by the Refugees Amendment Act 11 of 2017, which came into effect on 1 January 2020. These provisions, and their subsequent Regulations, were the subject of litigation launched in the Western Cape High Court.
The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town instituted proceedings against the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), challenging the constitutional validity of sections 22(12) and 22(13) and Regulation 9 and Form 3 of the Refugee Regulations. These impugned provisions create an automatic presumption that asylum seekers have abandoned their application if they do not renew their asylum visa within 30 days after its expiry the effect of this automatic presumption can be far-reaching and may lead to asylum seekers who have genuine claims being deported back to circumstances in which they can face further persecution. Read more…

May 26, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Rwanda`s most wanted genocide fugitive arrested in SA after three decades on the run

Rwanda`s most wanted genocide fugitive has been arrested in South Africa after three decades on the run. A collaborative operation by the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), the Fugitive Tracking Team and South African authorities resulted in the arrest of Fulgence Kayishema, 63, on Wednesday afternoon in Paarl, Western Cape. It had been known for years that Kayishema, who once worked as a bouncer, was hiding in South Africa. However, fractured relations between South Africa and Rwanda made it difficult to track and arrest him. Read more…

May 25, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Zimbabwean prisoners want to be paroled and repatriated

The release of Zimbabwean prisoners in South Africa appears to be supported by both governments.
A campaign has kicked off to repatriate thousands of Zimbabwean prisoners eligible for parole.
A letter sent by attorneys representing the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit Holders Association (Zepha) to the ministers of Home Affairs and Justice and Correctional Services demands action to facilitate the release and repatriation of Zimbabwean prisoners eligible for parole by Tuesday (23 May), failing which the matter will be taken to court.
“The release of Zimbabwean prisoners eligible for parole is within the interests of justice and would save taxpayer money,” say Zepha’s attorneys. “Our instructions are to request that your respective departments work with the Zimbabwean Embassy in processing Zimbabwean prisoners in South Africa eligible for parole to be released and repatriated to Zimbabwe.” Read more…

May 22, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Don’t straighten my curls to fit your ID, angry Cape Town woman tells Home Affairs

Johannesburg, Is a picture really worth a thousand words?
This is the question a Cape Town woman asked when she collected her new passport at a bank in the city. Much to her dismay, the woman, who does not want to be identified, found that her curls had been photoshopped by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and she was given a straight hairstyle.
When asked about the alteration, the bank official told her all her curls could not fit into the passport photo and DHA had to change her hairstyle.
In a Facebook post, the woman wrote: “Went to collect my passport at the bank (after a totally pain-free) process. When the guy handed me my passport obviously the first thing I did was turn to the photo page. Anyone who knows me, knows I hate photos, especially posed photos, which this was. I absolutely screeched. The guy looked petrified. Whaaaat? He asked. I told him to look at the photo. Read more…

May 22, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Registration of newborns being hampered by power cuts: Home Affairs

The Department of Home Affairs says rolling blackouts are having a negative impact on the registration of newborn babies, within the stipulated 30-day time frame.
It says the use of generators during power outages is not without challenges.
The department briefed Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on its performance in achieving its targets for the third and fourth quarters of the 2022/2023 financial year. Read more…

May 19, 2023 - Uncategorized    No Comments

Drag me to court,` Motsoaledi dares DA after claims he broke the law for UAE visit

DA MP Angel Khanyile said Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi broke the law when he failed to gazette his declaration of the Bulembu Airport as a national point of entry to allow the Emirati president and his entourage into the country.
• Self-admitted legal layperson Motsoaledi previously told the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs he interpreted the law himself, and didn’t obtain a legal opinion.
• Responding to the debate on his portfolio’s budget, Motsoaledi challenged Khanyile to drag him to court or to law enforcement agencies if she believed he broke the law.
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi mockingly challenged the DA to “drag [him] to court or law enforcement agencies” after the party claimed he broke the law to allow the Emirati president and his entourage to enter South Africa at the Bulembu Airport last month. Read more…