Home Affairs

As deadline approaches Zimbabweans face a stark choice: start from zero in a broken country or live undocumented in SA

From 1 January 2023, hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans and their children will no longer be able to live, work and go to school legally in the republic

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News | 23 June 2022

Home Affairs’ refugee office to re-open in Cape Town, ten years after it was closed

The closure meant refugees could only apply for asylum in Durban, Musina, Gqeberha or Pretoria

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News | 26 May 2022

Home Affairs does nothing to help disabled learners get IDs

The state is denying learners their rights, says lawyer

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News | 17 May 2022

People wait in the cold and rain for hours outside Home Affairs in Mitchells Plain

“Most of us have been standing here since 3am” says 60-year-old man

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News | 14 April 2022

Scrapping Zim permit will cause humanitarian crisis, warn activists

180,000 Zimbabwean Exemption Permit holders face an uncertain fate at the end of this year

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News | 28 February 2022

Dumped and abandoned: the fate of those evicted from JHB’s inner city

City threatens to evict people who have already been evicted

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News | 28 February 2022

Immigrants demand refugee offices reopen after two years of lockdown

Home Affairs has opened services for South Africans but asylum seekers remain shut out

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News | 15 February 2022

People queuing for eight hours outside Home Affairs sent home without being helped

Manager says he is used to addressing angry crowds at Durban office

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Brief | 11 February 2022

Refugees struggle to renew their asylum documents with Home Affairs online system

Some asylum seekers have missed the 31 December 2021 deadline

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News | 4 February 2022

Long queues at Home Affairs in spite of minister’s promise

But provincial manager claims “Home Affairs has declared war on queues”

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Photo Essay | 29 November 2021

Post office, SASSA office, library and community centre have all closed down in Madiba’s hometown

Unpaid electricity bills and armed robberies have collapsed Qunu’s multi-purpose community centre

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News | 19 November 2021

By the time Home Affairs reopens its Cape Town refugee office it will have taken ten years

Epping office expected to open in September 2022

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News | 15 November 2021

You might need to pitch up at 3am if you want something from this Home Affairs office

The Mthatha office is overwhelmed, official acknowledges

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Brief | 3 November 2021

Shockingly bad service at Home Affairs as queues begin at 2am

Minister says the problem is being addressed

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News | 21 October 2021

Refugees who arrived after lockdown have no way to apply for asylum

Asylum application backlog set to grow, with Refugee Reception Offices closed since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic

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News | 8 October 2021

Immigrants arrested in labour inspection sweep in Eastern Cape

Rights organisation says Home Affairs has done nothing to help people get their documents in order during lockdown

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Brief | 14 September 2021