SAHRC wins Lindela case

Home Affairs lost its case after being taken to court by the SAHRC and other organisations.

FILE. Home Affairs lost its case after being taken to court by the SAHRC and other organisations. Picture: Anthony Kaminju/IRIN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says a ruling handed down by the High Court in Johannesburg regarding the detention of immigrants at the Lindela Repatriation Centre is an outright victory.

The Department of Home Affairs lost its case on Thursday after being taken to court by the SAHRC and other organisations.

The commission says immigrants had been subjected to inhumane treatment, including being detained for longer than 30 days without the necessary papers.

The commission's Isaac Mangena says, "The court ordered the department to consult and liaise on all the practices and non-compliance of the Immigration Act, such as those that happened when the immigrants were held up at the centre."