Press Reviews & Releases

Press Review August 2019

Sep 05, 2019

NATIONAL COVERAGE   Foreigners protest at Joburg Court, want arrested migrants released from custody 12 August 2019 Foreign nationals protested outside the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday, calling for the release of others migrants who were arrested following raids in the CBD. The foreigners were arrested after being unable to produce documents proving that they were in the country legally and allegations that they were being being...

Press Review July 2019

Aug 01, 2019
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NATIONAL COVERAGE Fewer than 1 in 6 asylum seekers in SA granted refugee status 9 July 2019 Not even one out of six asylum seekers seeking refuge in South Africa are granted refugee status. Over the past 10 years, the Department of Home Affairs processed 633 395 applications, only granting 99 624 of these applications. This means 533 771 people, mostly coming from war-torn and severely distressed countries, had...

Press Review June 2019

Jul 04, 2019
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NATIONAL COVERAGE Landmark court ruling gives refugees’ status in South Africa 25 June 2019 The Western Cape High Court has given a crucial lifeline to refugee families from across Africa who have sought asylum in South Africa for many years. As reported by EWN, on Wednesday, 19 June, the court ruled in favour of the University of Cape Town’s Refugee Rights Unit, allowing refugee families access to documentation that...

Press Review May 2019

Jun 06, 2019
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NATIONAL COVERAGE How Xenophobia Has Become Normalized in South African Politics 21 May 2019 Anti-immigrant rhetoric has steadily seeped into mainstream political discourse in South Africa, where immigration has long been a contentious issue as the country is a primary destination for migrants from across the African continent. In the general election earlier this month, both major political parties, the ruling African National Congress and the opposition Democratic Alliance, advocated stricter...

Press Review April 2019

May 02, 2019
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NATIONAL COVERAGE Africa: How common are xenophobic attacks? 7 April 2019 A group of unemployed men attacked Malawian migrants living in the South African city of Durban at the end of March. It followed a recent spate of other incidents in the city during the month, prompting leaders from the three main parties to condemn attacks on foreign nationals. The upsurge in violence has become a charged...

Press Review March 2019

Apr 04, 2019
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NATIONAL COVERAGE South Africa’s Archbishop Buti challenges consciences with his Lenten message 2 March 2019 The Archbishop of Johannesburg, Buti Joseph Tlhagale, in his Lenten message, has made a passionate appeal to the faithful of the Archdiocese and to South Africans, in general, to become more welcoming of strangers. He proposes that during the Season of Lent, the words of Scripture, “I was a stranger, and you made me welcome,” found...