South Africa: Gigaba, Kenya Counterpart to Visit Lindela Centre

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba will on Monday hold bilateral talks with Kenya Minister of Interior, Fred Matiang'i, at the Lindela Holding Facility in Krugersdorp.

Following the discussions, both ministers will undertake a walkabout of the facility.

The Lindela Repatriation Centre, which was established in 1996, is a holding facility for illegal migrants awaiting deportation.

The facility provides services such as accommodation, catering, security and medical services for offenders and also liaises with embassies regarding the deportation of illegal immigrants.

Detainees are kept at the centre for a maximum of 120 days or more with a court order.

Lindela is legislatively required to report to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on activities at the facility.

Police cells at the South African Police Services (SAPS) are utilised for the detention of suspected or confirmed illegal immigrants, pending their direct deportation to their countries of origin or transferred to Lindela.

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