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Rule rules authorities must assist refugees camping outside UNHCR offices

By next week, officials should start drawing up a list of protesters legally in the country as refugees and asylum seekers and deporting those who are not.

FILE: Protesters pictured on 16 October 2019 outside the offices of the UNHCR in Pretoria against xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Picture: Jean-Jacques Cornish/EWN

PRETORIA - The High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday handed down a ruling that residents of Brooklyn and Waterkloof hope will end the protracted sit-in outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

By next week, officials should start drawing up a list of protesters legally in the country as refugees and asylum seekers and deporting those who are not.

On 21 April, Judge Natvarlal Ranchod will hear a report from the Tshwane metropolitan authority, South African police and home affairs ministry on progress made in identifying the protestors.

They will be served with a notice from the Sheriff of the Court, giving them three days to respond to the ruling.

Meanwhile, they are interdicted from breaking by-laws against erecting shelters, cooking, washing or littering the pavement.

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