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Refugee camp restored?
Tue, 12 Aug 2008 12:08 AM
An urgent application on the reintegration of foreign nationals
driven from communities in a wave of xenophobic violence in May will be
heard in the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday.
It was postponed last week by Acting Judge Piet Ebersohn, who said
he was unable to read the papers as they were not filed on time.
The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa and the
Wits Law Clinic are seeking an order forcing the government to
introduce a comprehensive reintegration strategy which protects the
rights of all.
They are also seeking an order that the government restore the
Johannesburg Rifle Range temporary shelter for refugees and not
dismantle it until a comprehensive reintegration strategy is in place.
The Gauteng provincial government has vowed to oppose the
application to keep its six camps housing some 3000 people open.
The shelters are scheduled to be closed down on Friday this week.