South Africa: Tshwane Refugee Wrangle - High Court Postpones Urgent Application

Refugees are seen leaving while police cordon off the area.
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While the High Court stands down to allow parties to clarify their statutory duties, hundreds of refugees remain camped outside the UN Refugee Agency in an upmarket Pretoria suburb as they wait to hear whether an order will be made to have them forcibly removed.

The Pretoria High Court has postponed proceedings in an urgent application brought before it on Tuesday 5 November 2019, by two Pretoria homeowner associations seeking the immediate removal of hundreds of refugees that have erected informal structures on the sidewalks of an upmarket residential area in Pretoria.

"The Unknown Protesters", as they are cited in the applicants' papers, are made up of foreign nationals and refugees seeking protection from the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, situated in Waterkloof, Pretoria.

What began on 7 October 2019 with 50 protesters setting up shelters outside the agency had escalated to 150 by the end of the day. On Tuesday -- just shy of a month later -- there are more than 400 men, women and children camped in informal structures along the upscale residential Waterkloof Road in Pretoria.

The Brooklyn and Eastern Areas Citizens' Association and the Waterkloof Homeowners' Association (the applicants) have cited the City of Tshwane (the...

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