Refugee director promises probe

PRETORIA - South Africa's Director-General for Refugees, Busisiwe Mkhwebane-Tshehla, says she will probe the conduct of some of Home Affairs officials at Marabastad government offices here. In an interview with CAJ News this week, Mkhwebane-Tshehla, expressed concern at the behaviour of some Sout

h African officials’ behaviour towards Zimbabwean asylum seekers.

She strongly attacked officials who only asked Zimbabwean asylum seekers for passports, while others were being served without any form of identity.

She said if asylum seekers from elsewhere were required to produce identity papers, then Zimbabweans too were compelled to do so. But asylum seekers say officials only started asking for IDs and passports about three weeks ago.

“I am not aware that only Zimbabweans are asked about identity particulars,” said Mkhwebane-Tshehla, before promising to probe the home affairs officials.

A Zimbabwe asylum seeker, who asked to remain anonymous, said the state of affairs at Marabastad was suspicious. “I was the first among my fellow countrymen to join the queue, but I have failed to get served because I don’t have a passport,” she said angrily. – CAJ News

Detention Watch from Zimbabwe Association
Vigil Diary - 28th January 2006

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