Open Letter to the Minister of Home Affairs, Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula from Mr. Collen Makumbirofa of Foundation of Reason & Justice

18 October 2007

Attention: Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
Private Bag X114
[T] +27(0)12 810 6126
[F] +27(0)12 323 7312

Dear Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Greetings to you!

I have chosen this form of communication because
everyone is aware of the evils currently going on at
Cape Town, Home Affairs, Refugee Reception Centre.

I request that you urgently investigate cases of
corruption, bureaucracy, and inefficiencies at Cape
Town, Refugee Reception Centre.

Thousands of Zimbabwean Refugees are failing to get
Asylum Permits. Many are spending nights at Customs
House at Foreshore in order to join the queue as early
as 3am. We also observed that some people are spending
weeks waiting for permits in vain.

It is alleged that Security Guards are taking bribes to
allow some asylum seekers inside the office to get
permits. Officials are working with agents outside who
take bribes of between R600 and R1000 per person so
that the asylum seeker can get permit.

Minister if you have objection to this l will be very
glad to submit to you a list of Zimbabweans who have
been desperately waiting for weeks and months at
Customs House in Foreshore, but have failed to get
inside due to inefficiencies and such reasons as
mentioned above.

Moreover, Zimbabweans with refugee status are not
getting Identity Documents within three months of
application. It is alleged that many are waiting for
more than 6 months before getting Identity Documents.
Why is it taking long for Refugees who have been
granted Refugee Status to get IDs or Passports?

Minister South Africa claim to be a Human Rights
Society but is failing to respect basic rights of
Refugees and Asylum Seekers especially those from
Zimbabwe. Due to corruption and deliberate inefficiency
by certain officials over Refugees and Asylum Seekers
South African image is being destroyed abroad.

It’s tragic that human rights abuses are committed by
well- of officials to the helpless members of society
such as Refugees, Orphans, Widows and the Poor.
Minister, l request that you investigate allegations
of corruption and urgently help Asylum Seekers waiting
at Cape Town Refugee Reception (Foreshore) to get

Your urgent action to help helpless Zimbabwean Asylum
Seeker will be greatly appreciated and highly valued.
If you have any question feel free to contact me at
Email: makum…

Yours for the Rights of Refugees & Asylum Seekers in
South Africa,

Collen Makumbirofa
Foundation of Reason & Justice
Email: founda…

Foundation of Reason & Justice shall exist to defend
the cause of the poor, refugees, and Asylum Seekers.
For the past four years we have been exposing gross
human rights abuses and State atrocities in Zimbabwe.

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