Fight against closure of Refugee Reception Office continues

The battle to ensure that a functional Refugee Reception Office serves the hundreds of people applying for Asylum Seeker or Refugee status permits continues.

Refugee Plea outside High Court.JPG          Applicant outside the High Court

Today the High Court of Port Elizabeth oversaw a case lodged by Applicants The Somali Association of South Africa Eastern Cape and the Project for Conflict Resolution and Development against Home Affairs.   No judgement was made, the judgement shall be made in the next two months. 

This means another two months at least of long snaking lines of desperate Asylum Seekers and Refugee status permit seekers waiting outside Home Affairs.  There are no ablution facilities and no available taps for water for people waiting in the line.  Home Affairs have provided a garage for shelter from the rain for people in the queue, but once again there is no toilet or tap for water in the garage. 

To see previous news on the untimely closure of the Refugee Reception Office:

www.scat.org.za/news/intolerable-queues-port-elizabeth-home-affairs

www.scat.org.za/news/scat-partners-fight-closure-pe-refugee-reception-office