Articles by Tariro Washinyira

Gay and lesbian activists protest Holomisa’s call for review

Last Wednesday, gay and lesbian rights organisations handed a memorandum to the ANC Western Cape representative, Songezo Mjongile.

Tariro Washinyira - 25 July 2012

Immigrants at work: The Parow flea market

Cameroon-born Desmond Chia is a stall owner at the Parow flea market. The harsh weather Cape Town has recently seen makes it hard for him to run his business.

Tariro Washinyira - 25 July 2012

Zimbabwean woman murdered on her way to Bellville

The brother of a Zimbabwean woman who was murdered last week is accusing her ex-boyfriend in a case that highlights violence against women.

Tariro Washinyira - 18 July 2012

Somali trader: “It’s hell-fire in Somalia. It’s hell-fire in South Africa”

Abdirahaman Abdiwali, a leader in the local Somali community, explained some the difficulties Somalis face to GroundUp.

Tariro Washinyira - 11 July 2012

Choosing the lesser evil: taxi or train?

GroundUp journalist, Tariro Washinyira, describes the aggravations of taking a minibus taxi from Bellville to Cape Town. But taking the train instead has its own hassles.

Tariro Washinyira - 4 July 2012

Dutch family’s 16 year struggle with Home Affairs

A Dutch family that has been living in South Africa since 1996 has been struggling with the Department of Home Affairs for 16 years to live and work legally in South Africa. Now a Public Protector report has found that Home Affairs failed the family and abused its power.

Tariro Washinyira - 27 June 2012

Over 50,000 immigrants deported in 2010

A document called "Perils and Pitfalls – Migrants and Deportations in South Africa," recently released by People Against Suffering and Oppression, explains how the rights of refugees, children and black South Africans are infringed and abused.

By Tariro Washinyira - 20 June 2012

Bomb scares disrupt Metro commuter lines

Western Cape Northern Line Metro Rail commuters found themselves in a transport commotion last week. Police were alerted on Thursday morning shortly before 7am of a possible bomb between Parow and Tygerberg Stations.

Tariro Washinyira - 5 June 2012

How immigrants are scammed at Maitland Home Affairs

GroundUp received several allegations that bribes are commonplace at Maitland Refugee Reception Centre. We decided to investigate.

Tariro Washinyira - 29 May 2012

Drug house burns down - landlord accuses former tenants

Last week Monday, a house at 28 Van Eyssen Street burned down. The residents of the house had recently been evicted when evidence was presented in court that they were manufacturing illegal drugs on the property.

Tariro Washinyira - 25 May 2012

Traditional Courts Bill “authoritarian and patriarchal”

Civil society organizations expressed concern during recent public hearings on the Traditional Courts Bill at the Western Cape Legislature.

Tariro Washinyira and Veronica Washaya - 10 May 2012

Lindela accused of poor handling of meningitis case

A Zimbabwean man became extremely ill after contracting meningitis at Lindela Repatriation Centre. His family has accused the Department of Home Affairs of infringing their rights by failing to inform them timeously.

Tariro Washinyira - 10 May 2012

Maitland Home Affairs’ scary toilets

When GroundUp journalists visited Maitland Home Affairs, they noticed clients and their children struggling to hop into the portable toilets to avoid the stagnant water surrounding them.

Tariro Washinyira - 19 April 2012

Disgruntled asylum seekers protest at Maitland Home Affairs

Hundreds of disgruntled asylum seekers, who have been turned away for several months without assistance, demonstrated on Friday at the Maitland Home Affairs premises.

Tariro Washinyira - 17 April 2012