National Assembly, 15th March 2011
It is common knowledge that between the period 2007 – 2009 South
Africa registered the highest number of new asylum seekers in the
world, the vast majority of these applications coming from
Whilst the amendments to this Bill are mainly of a technical nature
they are still sorely needed in order to slipstream the process of
refugee registration in this country, especially in light of our
high refugee asylum status. Our processes and refugee officers must
therefore be of the highest possible standard in order to ensure
that Refugees in this country are dealt with in accordance with the
methods of current International best practice.
South Africa is currently home to scores of refugees and asylum
seekers, all of whom must be fed, housed, provided with education,
healthcare and work.
We have extremely high unemployment and an economy that has not yet
fully recovered from the global recession of 2009/2010. The question
is, are we capable Mr Minister of providing safe and sustainable
refuge to this number of refugees?
Another issue that the Inkatha Freedom Party is concerned about is
the capability of the department of Home affairs to actually deal
with the very complex nature of border issues as well as the current
level of competency of the Departments refugee officers in handling
complex international legal issues.
Nevertheless the bill is a step in the right direction and the
Inkatha Freedom Party will support it.
I thank you
Hon HN Makhuba