Lindela Repatriation Centre violates health regulations

The SAHRC's investigation shows several violations at the facility including lack of provision for TB testing.

FILE: The SAHRC has found that several health regulations for detainees at the Lindela Repatriation Centre have been violated. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has found that several health regulations for detainees at the Lindela Repatriation Centre have been violated.

It's released the findings of its investigation which shows several violations including the lack of provision for TB testing and isolation of infected detainees.

A complaint was laid by NGO Section 27, Lawyers for Human Rights, and Doctors without Borders last month.

The commission's Isaac Mangena said, "The investigation revealed that there was a lack of provision for TB testing and isolation of infected persons and also the availability of things like condoms. There was also an issue of overcrowding."

Last month, the SAHRC obtained a judgment against the Department of Home Affairs to guarantee the release of people detained at the centre for longer than 120 days.