- The African Diaspora Forum is planning to take Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi as well as the government to court
- The organisation says that the state had mistreated foreign nationals who were arrested in the recent Johannesburg raid
- Now the ADF intends to help gain compensation for those who were in possession of documents at the time of their arrests
Vusimuzi Sibanda, chairperson of the ADF, says that they will be coming to the aid of foreigners who were allegedly mistreated following arrests in the Johannesburg raids.
702 reports that over 650 foreign nationals had been arrested following raids carried out in the Joburg CBD.
Sibanda denounced the treatment of those arrested, saying that they suffered at the hands of the police:
"The migrants that were captured over the long weekend were kept in cells that were overcrowded to such a point that officials couldn't process their paperwork. They were not allowed visitation from their relatives in terms of the law. Nor could they consult with legal practitioners as it is required."
Sibanda further claims that the subsequent court appearance was merely a formality to ensure the foreigners were not illegally detained.
The Magistrate's Court ordered that undocumented foreign nationals should be sent to the Lindela Repatriation Centre.
The group is now set on taking the government to court to ensure that those who had documents to be in South Africa are compensated.
Briefly.co.za reported that the raids had been a show of force after the police had attempted (and failed) to carry out the first operation, which aimed to confiscate counterfeit goods.
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