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By unknown | Jul 31, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Namhla Tshisela

Namhla Tshisela

The public gallery of the Krugersdorp district court was filled to capacity when 203 male foreign nationals appeared yesterday on charges of obstructing the flow of traffic.

A repetitious and time-consuming process ensued as the immigrants were ushered into the court in four groups of about 50 people, taking up all the space in the public gallery.

Their rights were read to them through a French interpreter because some could not understand English. Swahili-speaking immigrants interpreted for those who spoke neither English nor French.

Police spokesman Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini said only the men were charged, while the women and children were kept in a place of safety.

The refugees and asylum-seekers were released from the Lindela repatriation centre last week by the Department of Home Affairs.

Their case was postponed to August 6 to allow the immigrants to obtain legal aid, their legal status to be verified and for the court to obtain more interpreters.


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