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Asylum seekers welcome govt intervention at Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre

The immigration office had previously been marred by allegations of corruption, long queues and criminal syndicates.

President Jacob Zuma greets refugees during his tour of the Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Centre. Picture: GCIS

PRETORIA – Some asylum seekers say they are relieved that government has intervened at the former Marabastad Refugee Reception Centre.

The immigration office had been marred by allegations of corruption, long queues and criminal syndicates.

On Friday President Jacob Zuma, along with a delegation from the home affairs department, officially launched the newly revamped Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Centre.

The centre uses state of the art equipment including an automated booking system.

Asylum seekers say they're pleased with the progress.

“The tsotsis (thieves) would take all the things that you have and when you get inside the service was very bad.

But now I think it’s going to be better because of the new system,” says one woman.

A man at the event says the renovation is a good move by government.

“The renovation is good, I can see that even the system is quicker.”

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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