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Foreigners To Be Arrested On Spot As SA Intensify Permits Blitz

Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, minister of home affairs, says police can conduct spot checks on foreign nationals to determine whether they are authorized to be in the country. This will be carried out, according to Motsoaledi, within the bounds of the law.


The Minister was presenting information to the Home Affairs Portfolio Committee on statelessness and the backlog of appeals for permits for refugees and asylum seekers.


The four refugee centers, which had been shut down for two years because of COVID-19, have reopened, according to the minister. These are located at Musina, Gqeberha, Pretoria, and Durban. The refugee office in Cape Town will reopen on Friday of the following week.


Additionally, it was discovered that there are more than 133 000 pending appeals for refugee and asylum seeker permits.


According to the South African Refugee Appeals Authority, it has set aside more than R140 million over the next four years to reduce the backlog. Recent criticism of the Minister’s tough attitude on refugees and asylum seekers has come from this direction.


Every police officer has the authority to do spot checks and cross-reference papers with the national population registry; it is unfortunate that this requires a manual check, according to Motsoaledi.




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