Asylum seekers and citizens from Lesotho, Angola and Zimbabwe with special permits were excluded from Covid-19 assistance until a court ordered in June that they also get the Covid-19 relief grant.
Destitute immigrants receive no help from government and can’t afford to return home.
Repatriation of the dead to Malawi is costly for immigrants when loved ones die in South Africa, and since Covid-19 struck it has become more expensive and more complicated. When a Malawian immigrant dies in South Africa, families face bills of over R20,000 to get the body home.
Special dispensation was meant to regularise undocumented Zimbabweans living in South Africa, but left many undocumented for years.
The South African government says it will continue to enforce immigration legislation with “full might of the law” and “no respite”.
Union says government needs to go back to the drawing board.
Scores of asylum seekers were turned away at Foreshore office in Cape Town, South Africa. The Foreshore offices turned away new refugee applicants from the DRC, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Somalia and elsewhere.
Lack of transparency and arbitrary policies fail to protect families of refugees, says civil society organisation.
Zimbabweans who do not have one of the newly introduced Special Dispensation Permits risk problems on their return to South Africa from their annual holiday