Press Review 52 28 April-13 May 2015

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Tags: defence force illegal migrants raid refoulement; asylum; Africa; refugees refugees South Africa


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King Zwelithini remains mum on ICC complaint

Mail & Guardian, 30 April 2015

The spokesperson for the Royal Zulu household commented that the monarch would not be drawn to respond to the criticism of hate speech laid against King Zwelithini by a Nigerian human rights organisation with the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Inside South Africa’s illegal immigration nightmare

Daily Planet, 30, April 2015

Following extensive consultation with migration experts, The Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says his office is in consultation with different stakeholders in order to find a practical solution to the migration problems.

The Big Read: Xenophobia can come in handy

Times Live, 5 May 2015

The government calls it Operation Fiela. “Fiela” is a word in the Sotho group of languages meaning “to sweep away; to clean up; to remove dirt”. Last week the police, the army and Home Affairs officials moved into Hillbrow and other parts of South Africa and set up roadblocks and requested foreigner nationals to produce documents substantiating that they are in South Africa legally.

Do five million immigrants live in South Africa?

Mail & Guardian, 06 May 2015

After the recent xenophobic attacks against foreigners in South Africa, the numbers of immigrants in the news vary widely with many putting the figures of African migrants in South Africa at 5 million, others suggesting it at 2 million. The 2011 Census puts the number of migrants in South Africa at about 2.2 million.

Refugees refuse to leave Isipingo camp

News 24, 6 May 2015

The future of the displaced refugees in Durban is still unknown, after nearly 300 foreign nationals from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi refused to move out of the camp. They fled to the camp in the wave of xenophobic attack a month ago.

Lawyers denied access to foreign nationals

Eyewitness News, 11 May 2015

Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) said that they were being denied access to over 200 foreign nationals arrested during a raid on the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg this weekend.


Mugabe says South Africa isn’t ‘heaven’, and ‘Africans in the country are still very low’, as whites live better

Mail & Guardian, 29 April 2015

Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe commented that South Africa is not ‘heaven’ like what most would-be migrants think it is, he also stated that countries in the region should play an important role to restrain their citizens from flocking there. He added that: “Yes, it’s highly developed, but go there and see that the Africans in the country are still very low,”

Africa’s Media silent over the Mediterranean refugee crisis

Deutsche Welle, 29 April 2015

African reporters and politicians have been criticized for their silence and turning a blind eye on the crisis in the Mediterranean. Tens of thousands of refugees risk their lives trying to get to Europe. What is surprising is the fact that such news rarely make headlines in an African newspaper.

Thousands Burundians flee to Rwanda

The Guardian, Thursday 30 April 2015


Over 22 000 refugees from Burundi have fled to Rwanda in response to youth militia intimidation in light of the protests over the current president Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to stand for a third term in office.


Refugee numbers crossing into Kenya continues to rise

Relief-web, 30 April 2015


According to the UNHCR Kenya Kakuma Operational Update, the Kakuma refugee camp has received 45,760 asylum seekers from South Sudan. As of 26 April, 182,713 refugees had been registered by different organizations, with South Sudanese making up 50% of the registered population.


Tanzania warns of looming humanitarian crisis as Burundians flee

Reuters, 6 May 2015


Tanzanian and international officials said on Wednesday that a serious humanitarian crisis is imminent as thousands of Burundi refugees are flocking into Tanzania and neighbouring countries to escape mounting political tensions and violence at home.



French troops “raped child refugees in Africa”

Sky News, 30 April 2015


The French soldiers sent to the African Central Republic as part of a Peace Keeping Mission have been accused of raping children refugees, the youngest being a 9 year old girl. It is reported that he abuse took place between December 2013 and June 2014 in a refugee camp near the capital Bangui.

Mediterranean migrant crisis: Thousands of migrants rescued at sea

BBC News, 4 May 2015


The Italian coastguard reported that over 5,800 migrants have been rescued and 10 bodies found off the Libyan coast over the weekend. Several immigrants have tried to cross the Mediterranean this year.

African migrant deported from Israel living high risks

The Mail & Guardian, 7 May 2015


A refugee describes how promises of work in a recent Israeli agreement with Rwanda failed to materialise, leaving him living in limbo in South Sudan.

X-ray reveals 8-year-old migrant boy smuggled in suitcase

Global News, May 8 2015


Spanish border guards discovered an 8 year old migrant boy inside a suitcase owned by a 19 year old woman from Morocco. This was at a border crossing between Morocco and the Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta. An X-ray scan revealed the boy.


UNHCR Chief in Kenya to discuss Somalis refugee crises

The Journal of the Turkish Weekly, 11 May 2015


Antonio Gutierrez is in Kenya to hold talks with government authorities regarding the repatriation of Somali refugees. This follows an agreement on the voluntary repatriation of Somalis which was signed between the UNHCR, Kenyan and Somali governments.



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