Pandor to visit Customs House

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor is expected to visit Customs House next week.

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor is expected to visit Customs House an oversight visit next week.

CAPE TOWN - Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor on Thursday revealed she will be paying Customs House an oversight visit next week.

Foreign nationals have been renewing their permits at the foreshore venue since the closure of the Maitland Refugee Reception Centre in June.

However, no new asylum applications are being processed, despite a court order obtained by non-governmental organisation, the Scalabrini Centre, in July.

Refugees have to travel to other provinces to renew their documentation.

Pandor said the matter is under appeal.

"I will be visiting Customs House. We are trying to provide a service. The matter is on appeal. I think the hearing is on 29 November so we'll see what happens."

Scalabrini Centre's Miranda Madikane, who's surprised at the news of Pandor's visit, said Home Affairs must honour the ruling.

"I think the Department of Home Affairs is using the courts as a way to delay implementing the court order. They've been appealing and appealing. What is very clear is that they've got an endless amount of money to throw at this court case."