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Refugee centre returns to Customs House

Home Affairs has promised there will not be any hassles at its relocated Refugee Reception Centre.

Refugees march in Cape Town. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Local Government Department said Home Affairs has promised there will not be any hassles at its Relocated Refugee Reception Centre.

The mayor met with the department on Friday last week.

The Refugee Reception Centre is returning to Customs House on the foreshore after Friday's closure of the Maitland centre.

Effective on Monday, Customs House and Home Affairs in Barrack Street will help foreigners renew their permits, but will not assist asylum seekers.

The Cape Chamber of Commerce's Gordon Metter hopes Home Affairs keeps its promise.

"One doesn't know what's going to happen, unless the Department of Home Affairs actually clamps down and controls it extremely well. Last time we found people camping in the street, there was an increase in crime in the area."