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De Doorns immigrants have nowhere to go

Refugee rights group PASSOP said on Wednesday it was considering taking legal action over what it called...

Displaced foreign nationals in De Doorns. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/Eyewitness News

Refugee rights group PASSOP said on Wednesday it was considering taking legal action over what it called government’s negligence in dealing with displaced foreigners in De Doorns.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

Last month more than 2 000 immigrants were uprooted from their homes in the Stofland informal settlement in the Boland town during xenophobic violence.

The foreigners have been living at a temporary safety site.

PASSOP’s Braam Hanekom said authorities were trying to convince farmers to accommodate them.

“The farmers do not have suitable accommodation for the Zimbabwean nationals. We think this is completely unethical. We think UNHCR is failing on their mandate. We are shocked and horrified at the behavior of UNHCR and government,” said Hanekom.

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