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By unknown | Jun 13, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 5 ]

CLAIMS of human rights abuses at the Lindela Repatriation Centre on the West Rand need to be probed, four rights groups said

They urged the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate allegations that health and related rights of inmates were being violated.

"On May 28, [the] group of organisations wrote to the SAHRC to request that it urgently investigate the state of health and health care service provision at Lindela... [and] requested a response from the SAHRC by June 11."

The four rights groups are Médecins Sans Frontie'res, Section27, Lawyers for Human Rights, and People against Suffering, Oppression and Poverty.

They said in a statement: "These abuses have been documented throughout Lindela's existence. Moreover, what we know about Lindela is shocking, but our lack of knowledge of what occurs behind its walls is cause for even greater concern."

The facility operated "in secrecy and with impunity", the groups claimed.

SAHRC spokesman Vincent Moaga confirmed the request for an investigation had been received.

The commission had visited the centre, and a letter to the groups was being dispatched to invite them to meet its chairman.

"We have been working on this, we are now waiting for the (home affairs) minister's response."

Last week Tuesday, Moaga said the SAHRC asked the home affairs department to come up with urgent and meaningful measures to put an end to the ill treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

"The rights of non-nationals are specifically protected in national law and in international human rights agreements," Moaga said.

"This group is particularly vulnerable and the state is obliged to take appropriate steps to ensure the basic rights [of] this group are adequately protected." - Sapa


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These four groups can go to hell for all I care, as long as foreigners reeive better treatment from our government than local and law abiding citizens, I don't give a fucck.

There is no war in Mozambique, Zimbabwe,Nigeria,DRC,Lesotho or Ghana...so why are they floccking in my country in their thousands and claim to be refugees?

Jun 13, 2012 10:2 | 0 replies

What about the daily abuses suffered by our own people?

I empathise with these people who come here for a better life but if they really don't like the conditions in Lindela then they should not crawl under the border fence.

I really do get sick and sut of criminals having more 'rights' than law abiding citizens do.

Jun 13, 2012 10:23 | 0 replies

The South African refugee problem is annoying to say the least. The refugees who come from all over Africa are no refugees at all. To call them economic refugees is also not a valid description that would warrant sympathy and acceptance. There are people who think that in exile we were treated as royalties because we were refugees from South Africa. This is a wrong perception that people have.

When we fled from the apartheid regime into Mozambique, we did not get that VIP treatment. We were thrown in prison, which they called “Polaner” hotel. We were there for two month eight days. I confronted the late President Machel and asked him to release us or send us to another country. After this confrontation we were then released taken to Majakazi right in the bush in the middle of nowhere and told to feel at home. We were fed with snook fish and porridge.

It was through the intervention of President Zuma that we were taken away from the “house of death” as the place was called, to Dar-es-salaam in Tanzania.

Jun 13, 2012 1:26 | 0 replies

Our own people first pls.

Jun 13, 2012 3:3 | 0 replies


Please give us more, I like to know more about our people's history.

Jun 13, 2012 3:52 | 0 replies