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Police remove 'refuseniks' from the roadside

By unknown | Jul 29, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

The protesting foreign nationals squatting next to a highway have been removed.

The protesting foreign nationals squatting next to a highway have been removed.

Six police armoured trucks arrived at the R28 roadside camp outside Randfontein yesterday afternoon and the police ordered women and children to board.

The refugees had been given until yesterday to move from the area but would not budge on their own.

They had been squatting in the open since last week after they left the Lindela repatriation centre as they had documents to be in the country

People began picking up their belongings or just stood around watching.

By 5pm the police were still loading women and children on to trucks, saying they were being taken to "a safe place". Male refugees were next in line to be transported.

The R28 between Randfontein and Krugersdorp was closed to all traffic during the operation.

Non-governmental organisations and the media were ordered to move across the road and police on the scene did not want to speak to the media.

The police also remained tight-lipped about where the refugees and asylum-seekers - who have opted not to be repatriated to their home countries - have been taken.

The foreigners were moved to the Lindela facility on the West Rand last week for their documents to be verified. They had declined an offer to register at a camp in Glenanda, where people displaced by the xenophobic violence in May were being accommodated.

Once their documents were verified they were told they were free to go.

Home Affairs and the Gauteng government said they were not their responsibility.

The local authority wanted them to move as they were violating by-laws by squatting on the side of the road.

The refugees said they were afraid to return to the communities they had fled from during the violence.

Earlier the UN High Commission for Refugees was registering people who wanted to be repatriated to their home countries.

The refugees, mainly from the Great Lakes region, said they had opted to return home. - Sapa


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