Special Investigating Unit Raids Home Affairs Refugee Centres Nationally

Special Investigating Unit Raids Home Affairs Refugee Centres Nationally

  • The Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, was part of the raid the Special Investigating Unit conducted on refugee centres
  • The SIU targeted Home Affair refugee centres nationally in five different provinces in search of evidence of corruption in issuing asylum and refugee papers
  • South Africans celebrated the raid, and some called on the SIU to raid other parts of the country

With nine years' experience, Tebogo Mokwena, a current affairs writer for Briefly News, provided insights into the criminal justice system and high-profile cases in South Africa at Daily Sun.

The SIU and Aaron Motsoaledi raided Department of Home Affairs' refugee centres
Aaron Motsoaledi and the SIU raided Marabastad's Home Affairs Refugee Centre offices. Images: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images and ER Lombard/Gallo Images via Getty Images
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MARABASTAD—The Minister of Human Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, participated in the raid the Special Investigating Unit conducted in Marabastad, Gauteng on 17 May. The SIU targeted refugee centres nationally.

SIU raids Home Affairs refugee centres

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TimesLIVE reported that the SIU obtained a proclamation in February to investigate the Department of Home Affairs and its corruption and maladministration. They raided offices in Gqeberha, Musina. Marabastad, eThekwini and Cape Town.

Scores of SIU officials raided the Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre in Marabastad, joined by Motsoaledi. They blocked offices to ensure the department officials did not destroy any evidence that could implicate them. Motsoaledi revealed that a whistleblower informed the department that many unqualified asylum seekers somehow received permits and visas.

Netizens give SIU a thumbs-up

South Africans on Facebook were joyous that the SIU raided the Home Affairs centres.

Thandeka Thande said:

"Great news. This must happen monthly."

Lebza Small said:

"Good. Illegal foreigners must never experience peace in SA until they go back to their countries."

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Mzamoz KaXongo Mqubenge said:

"They must raid all Home Affairs across the country. Those people who work there work with foreigners who have fake IDs."

MJ Hozanimadoda Qhali said:

"They must go search for illegal foreign nationals staying in different flats here in Mzansi."

Themba Mofokeng said:

"It's going down."

New immigration policy seeks to prevent economic migrants from posing as asylum seekers

In a similar article, Briefly News reported that South Africa's new immigration policy, the Final White Paper on Citizenship, Immigration and Refugee Protection, outlined strict measures against economic migrants.

The paper aims to ensure that economic migrants do not pose as asylum seekers and enter the country under pretence.

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Tebogo Mokwena (Current Affairs editor) Tebogo Mokwena is a Current Affairs Editor at Briefly News. He has a Diploma in Journalism from ALISON. He joined Daily Sun, where he worked for 4 years covering politics, crime, entertainment, current affairs, policy, governance and art. He was also a sub-editor and journalist for Capricorn Post before joining Vutivi Business News in 2020, where he covered small business news policy and governance, analysis and profiles. He joined Briefly News in 2023. Tebogo passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative Email: tebogo.mokwena@briefly.co.za

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