Strike hits asylum seekers


Thousands of Zimbabwean asylum seekers have been left stranded at Marabastad Home Affairs office for refugees as public workers in SA embarked on an indefinite strike in demand of a 12% increment.
Over one thousand Zimbabweans are reported to be sheltering themselves at the Marabastad Refuge

e offices since Friday June 1, as they fear arrest and deportation if found at places not designated for people without proper documentation.
Zimbabwe Political Victims Association General Secretary Oliver Kubikwa says the strike will impact badly on the ever increasing number of asylum seekers.
Towanda Munetsi seeking political asylum says he does not have an option but to stay at the offices, braving chilling weather as any movement could see him being deported.
Meanwhile the Rosetenville Refugee Reception has suspended issuing asylum papers to Zimbabwean nationals as confirmed by the office when reached for comment by The Zimbabwean recently. – Trust Matsilele

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