Saturday, November 29, 2014

Government concerned about violent clash between police and asylum seekers

Lusanda Bill
29 November 2014

Government has raised its concern regarding destruction of public property by asylum seekers this week at Customs House on the Foreshore, a regional Home Affairs office in Cape Town. 

Asylum seekers clashed with police outside the building this week over confusion over the application permits. 

Three people were arrested during the chaos. 

Acting Director General of the Department of Communications Donald Liphoko said the violent outburst and reaction by the asylum seekers is in violation of the law and will not be tolerated.

Liphoko said it is important to reminder all people seeking asylum in South Africa, that the country has always been focused on ensuring that we support all people who’ve applied for refugee status in the country.  However they must report to the refugee reception office before their permits expired for a second interview, which will be conducted by a refugee determination officer.

“Government encourages continued dialogue to resolve any matters that are of concern to the refugee community and remains committed to supporting and assisting those with valid reasons for seeking asylum in our country” Liphoko added.

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