SALC hopes for a court date for Nyamwasa's refugee status matter

Rwandan general Kayumba Nyamwasa is accused of committing war crimes in Rwanda and DRC.

FILE: Rwandan general Kayumba Nyamwasa. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) is hoping the Supreme Court of Appeal will set a date to hear a case about former Rwandan general Kayumba Nyamwasa's refugee status before the end of the year.

Non-profit organisation, the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA) supported by the litigation centre, has been fighting South Africa's decision to grant asylum to Nyamwasa since June 2010.

Nyamwasa is accused of committing war crimes in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo while serving as an army general.

The SALC's executive director Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh said, "The State has never provided access to the asylum records of this individual so we don't know what issues they considered in granting asylum. They've refused to provide these records on the basis of confidentiality."

Nyamwasa's lawyer Kennedy Gihana says no court has found his client guilty of the alleged crimes.

"Since 2010, there has been four attempts on his life. So if South Africa does not give protection to such a person, who else can?"