Perils and Pitfalls – Migrants and Deportation in South Africa

Relatives pray outside after visiting detainees inside Lindela Detention Centre, Krugersdorp, South Africa

Relatives pray outside after visiting detainees inside Lindela Detention Centre, Krugersdorp, South Africa

In association with PASSOP

This report brings to light the discrepancies between the legal requirements around deportation of migrants and the anomalies in its practical application. It is clear from the findings that South Africa is falling short of its lofty legal standards in the manner that the various government agencies are dealing with this huge challenge. The overall picture of abuse, corruption, lack of capacity, and the neglect of the rule of law in this area is a cause of great concern.

In this matter Zimbabwe represents a particular challenge, with Zimbabweans making up the largest number of migrants in South Africa in the context of the crisis that has engulfed that country for over a decade. The hope that the SADC mediated Global Political Agreement would provide the basis for a long-term stabilization in the country is yet to be fulfilled, and South African leadership in this process remains critical.

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This article can be cited in other publications as follows: Solidarity Peace Trust and Passop (2012) Perils and Pitfalls – Migrants and Deportation in South Africa. Durban: Solidarity Peace Trust

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Tue, June 5 2012 » Diaspora, Human rights, Reports

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  1. Stanley nyandoro June 6 2012 @ 9:34 am

    Its disturbing that we happen to be neighbours sharing a common border, but the south african legislature are busy crafting laws that even if one want to follow their law , in order to acquire the necessary documentation you wont succeed. So one would opt to stay illegaly. In fact the south prefer immigrants from other continents than africa. What goes around comes around. South africa must not think they will be spared with this economic, they must check history. It is only those who stay in glass house who can throw stones. Its in good or bad times we remain neighbours.

  2. martin November 29 2012 @ 7:53 pm

    The south Africa immigration is so corrupt my brother nd cuzing being detained in lindela for overstaying. In the country it is not fair at all to deport someone while they enjoy visa free to Kenya am not happy nd Kenya must strict laws for them. Also

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