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Maitland Refugee Centre to shutdown

The Maitland Refugee Centre will close down on Friday despite a last-minute legal challenge by Passop.

Asylum seekers mark World Refugee Day by marching to Parliament on 20 June 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN
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CAPE TOWN - The Maitland Refugee Reception Centre will close down on Friday despite a last-minute legal challenge trying to prevent this.

People against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty (Passop) filed an application for an urgent court interdict, opposing the centre's pending closure.

But the case was postponed, which means the centre will have to close its doors as planned.

Passop's Braam Hanekom said this means new asylum seekers will have to travel to centres in other provinces.

“The court has allowed them to shut the centre which means that newcomers will not be able to apply for refugee status in the interim.”

Earlier in June, asylum seekers marked World Refugee Day by marching to Parliament.

They called on Home Affairs to respect their human rights.

South Africa has the highest number of registered refugees in the world.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)

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