Future of Cape Town refugees uncertain: Verification process concludes

Future of Cape Town refugees uncertain: Verification process concludes

- Refugees taking asylum new GreenMarket Square are likely to be removed over this weekend

- This comes after the courts sided with the City of Cape Town, compelling the refugees to abide by by-laws

- Many say it is uncertain where they will end up after the forced removals are completed

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Four months after refugees and asylum seekers occupied the central Methodist Church and Green Market Square in Cape Town, time has apparently run out.

eNCA reports that the verification process has been completed and the time has come for the refugees to move on.

This comes after the City of Cape Town had been forced to ask the court's assistance to remove the refugees from the area.

Briefly.co.za reported that the court had sided with the metro, compelling the refugees to abide by city by-laws.

Demands had been made for the government to facilitate agreements for the asylum seekers to leave to Namibia or even Canada.

READ ALSO: Refugees lose battle with City of Cape Town: Court orders compliance

However, Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says this simply won't be a possibility adamant that reintegrating the people is a more viable option:

"There is only one solution: To reintegrate people back to where they were before coming to the church."

The minister revealed that the refugees weren't seeking passage home, but rather to other countries:

"With Namibia, I've got a letter from the minister who said it's not going to happen," said Motsoaledi. I met the deputy minister of immigration and refugee affairs of Canada, and she said it wasn't going to happen. It's impossible for us as government to tell another country that we are bringing people."

The refugees, on the other hand, say reintegration won't be simple with communities shunning them:

“Where are we going to go? Because the community where we run from they don't even want to welcome us. They were already preparing genocide in 2020."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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