Press Reviews & Releases

January 2021 - Press Review


Feb 04, 2021
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  NATIONAL COVERAGE    Violent vocabularies and hypernationalism: #PutSouthAfricansFirst is misguided xenophobia  Daily Maverick – 4 January 2021 Social media and the ‘real world’ are mutually constitutive realities, and the emergence of hyper-nationalist and seemingly patriotic hashtags such as #WeWantOurCountryBack are both reflective and productive of xenophobia in South...

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December 2020 - Press Review


Jan 07, 2021
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NATIONAL COVERAGE    Xenophobia surges as Covid-19 slams the South African economy  Bloomberg – 12 December 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has taken a tragic toll on the South African economy, and pushed unemployment to a 17-year high. This reality triggered the emergence of widespread xenophobia, as anti-immigrant groups have staged demonstrations to demand for the mass deportation of foreigners. During a protest in Johannesburg, the chairwoman of the South Africa First party, Victoria Mamogobo, requested the deportation of...

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November Press Review


Dec 03, 2020
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National Coverage   No country, no future: The bleak plight of stateless children in South Africa Daily Maverick – 29 November 2020 Undocumented children in South Africa fall into a perpetual cycle of statelessness – many children whose parents are asylum seekers become stateless when administrative duties are neglected, or under the law they are unable to register for citizenship. Stateless children are unable to access primary education, write matric...

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October Press Review


Nov 05, 2020
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NATIONAL COVERAGE   Cape Town refugee crisis far from over amid government squabbles Times Live – 22 October 2020 In October 2019, refugees and asylum seekers started occupying Greenmarket Square in central Cape Town to protest against xenophobia. A year later, the crisis is far from over as neither the city nor the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is taking responsibility to find durable solutions for the protesters. Since the beginning of...

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Press Review September 2020


Oct 08, 2020
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NATIONAL COVERAGE   Costly protection: Corruption in South Africa’s asylum-seeking system Lawyers for Human Rights, Scalabrini Centre & Corruption Watch – 17 September 2020 Lawyers for Human Rights, the Scalabrini Centre and Corruption Watch published a report tackling the issue of corruption in South Africa’s asylum system. Their reports, titled “Costly protection: corruption in South Africa’s asylum-seeking system”, highlights systemic governance weaknesses in South African Department of Home Affairs resulting in widespread...

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Press Review August 2020


Sep 03, 2020
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NATIONAL  COVERAGE   South Africa’s Border Management Authority dream could be a nightmare Institute for Security Studies – 11 August 2020 South Africa passed a new Border Management Authority (BMA) Act, intended to improve efficiencies by providing a single authority to oversee all aspects of the border environment. Border control was previously tasked between seven different government departments. In the effort to centralize responsibility, concerns of poor management, abuse, and...

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