Home Affairs ignoring court order - PASSOP

Rights group Passop says Home Affairs officials are leaving foreigners high and dry.

Rights group Passop says Home Affairs officials are leaving foreigners high and dry.

CAPE TOWN - Refugee rights group People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty (Passop) claims Home Affairs officials are not complying with a court order forcing them to assist new asylum seekers in Cape Town.

Customs House on the Foreshore has been offering services to refugees, following the closure of the Maitland Refugee Reception Centre. But it has not been processing any new applications for asylum seekers, forcing them to travel to other provinces for help.

Non-governmental Organisation Scalabrini Centre won a High Court interdict last week, saying Customs House must help foreigners.

Passop's Braam Hanekom said it is clear Home Affairs is not happy with the judgment.

"We know the department of home affairs may be sour about the judgment, but regardless of their feelings on the issue the rule of law must prevail."

It is our view that they haven't yet implemented the court, and we expect them to do that as a matter of urgency. We will have monitors on the ground; we can certainly promise the department of home affairs that this matter will end up in court, if they fail to implement the judgement."