Foreign Protesters Not Our Problem - South Africa's Home Affairs

As the sit-in of hundreds of foreign protesters outside the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, offices in Pretoria enters its second month, the Department of Home Affairs appears to have washed its hands of the issue, writes Chelsey Moubray for Daily Maverick. This follows a sit-in outside UNHCR offices in Cape Town where hundreds of migrants were removed by police and are now housed in a Methodist church in the CBD. They are demanding that the UNHCR relocate them to countries of their choice as they fear xenophobic attacks like those which occurred in various cities around the country this year.

The scenes of a protest outside the UNHCR's offices in Cape Town by refugees seeking the agency's assistance in leaving South Africa over fears of xenophobic violence. Officers forcefully removed demonstrators with several being arrested.

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