MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP Welcomes Ruling by Western Cape High Court Ordering Home Affairs to Re-open Refugee Centre in Cape Town

20 March 2013    

 
The IFP welcomed the ruling by the Western Cape High Court on the re-opening of the offices of the Maitland Refugee Centre in Cape Town. 

IFP Spokesperson on Home Affairs, Ms Helen Makhuba MP said, "Firstly we want to congratulate the role played by the Scalabrini Centre, a non-profit organisation that assisted migrant communities and displaced people, for bringing the issue of the closure of  the refugee centre before court. I had also previously raised this issue with the Minister of Home Affairs in Parliament where I called for the re-opening of this refugee centre, but this fell on deaf ears. The sad fact is that there are hundreds of refugees who have been unable to get documentation since last June and who were forced to go to Musina or Durban if they wanted any help and assistance from the Department. These refugees lived in constant fear of being detained and deported to countries where their lives and freedom were at risk. The Minister and Department owe them an apology." 

"I trust that the Maitland Refugee Centre will be re-opened by the Department without delay and confirm that I will be visiting it in the very near future to ensure that it is 'business as usual' at the premises," said Makhuba. 

Contact:
IFP Spokesperson on Home Affairs, Ms Helen Makhuba, MP, on 073 268 3063
or 
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675