Frustration mounts among asylum seekers in SA

Many have expressed dissatisfaction with the slow process of applying for asylum and refugee documentation.

Asylum seekers wait in long queues at the Home Affairs office in Cape Town on 4 December 2014. Picture: Chanel September/EWN..

CAPE TOWN - There's relative calm at Home Affairs on the Foreshore in Cape Town, where hundreds of asylum seekers are queuing.

There have been some frustrations among them, but no repeat of the protests at Customs House a week ago.

During that incident, police were forced to use rubber bullets, teargas and pepper spray to disperse a crowd of about 600 people.

Long queues are snaking around the building.

Many asylum seekers have been waiting since 4:30am.

Some have grown frustrated by the long wait resulting in at least one scuffle between two men.

One of the men picked up a large rock and threatened the other but police and department security quickly intervened.

Many have expressed dissatisfaction with the slow process of applying for asylum and refugee documentation.