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Britons fined for entering SA during lockdown

By Daily News Published on Monday, 18 May 2020
Tags: #Immigration Law #Litigation
Two British nationals have been fined R50 000 each for illegally entering SA during the lockdown.

Refugees in court after Cape Town scuffle

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Tags: #Criminal Law #Immigration Law
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he and other stakeholders in the stand-off between refugees and authorities in Cape Town have been asked to appear before the parliamentary portfolio committee.

Fees Must Fall activist pleads guilty, gets suspended sentence

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 10 March 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Immigration Law
Fees Must Fall activist Mcebo Dlamini has been given a suspended sentence following his plea and a sentencing agreement relating to public violence and contravening the provisions of the Immigration Act.

Arrests as Cape Town refugees stand-off goes on

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 03 March 2020
Tags: #Criminal Law #Immigration Law #Litigation
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reiterated it will not be able to resettle the large group of refugees involved in a stand-off with Cape Town's Law Enforcement Unit, which is preventing them from sleeping on pavements in the CBD.

Top court victory in citizenship rights challenge

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 27 February 2020
Tags: #Civil Rights #Immigration Law #Litigation
The Constitutional Court has ruled in favour of five applicants, born in SA to foreign parents, who were seeking to apply for citizenship.

Home Affairs finally relents on 'trapped' children

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 05 November 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Family Law #Immigration Law #Litigation
Five American families and the special needs SA children they have legally adopted will finally be able to go home after the Home Affairs Department agreed to issue the necessary documents and passports.

State ordered to fix visa law flaw

By Daily News Published on Monday, 01 July 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Immigration Law #Litigation
The state has been given 24 months to fix laws that require foreign spouses of locals to travel to their home countries to renew visas. The Cape Times reports in a majority judgment, the Constitutional Court ruled that the requirement by Home Affairs was constitutionally invalid.

Landmark order eases way for refugee families

By Daily News Published on Friday, 21 June 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Immigration Law #Litigation
A landmark court order has eliminated administrative barriers for asylum-seeking and refugee families whose dependents may now apply to be documented either through family-joining or on their own terms, says a Cape Times report.

Refugee Centre wants Home Affairs to be held in contempt

By Daily News Published on Friday, 21 June 2019
Tags: #Immigration Law #Litigation
The Scalabrini Centre is going back to court to demand that an official be appointed to oversee the reopening of the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office, says a Cape Argus report.

Justice Minister may face extradition conundrum

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 09 April 2019
Tags: #Immigration Law #Litigation
Although the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court has ruled that former Mozambican Finance Minister Manuel Chang can be extradited to the US, where he is wanted on charges related to a $2bn debt scandal, the ruling effectively constitutes only a recommendation to Justice Minister Michael Masutha, who has the final say.

‘Unconscionable’ Home Affairs lashed in SCA judgment

By Daily News Published on Monday, 01 April 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Immigration Law #Litigation
Eight years of damning judgments about its treatment of immigrants have failed to make the Home Affairs Department mend its ways, the acting President of the SCA said on Friday in dismissing the department's latest attempt to defend its shortcomings.

Gigaba wrong to grant Guptas naturalisation

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Tags: #Administrative Law #Immigration Law
Malusi Gigaba, former Home Affairs Minister, was 'incorrect' in granting members of the Gupta family early naturalisation, MPs have decided. The National Assembly's Home Affairs Committee did not recommend sanctions against Gigaba but recommended that criminal charges be laid against Gupta lieutenant Ashu Chawla and members of the Gupta family 'relating to false information submitted in their early naturalisation applications', reports News24.

LHR to appeal ‘shocking’ asylum seekers ruling

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Tags: #Immigration Law #Litigation
Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has described the decision by the Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) to dismiss an application by eight Somali asylum seekers to review their rejected applications as shocking. The LHR’s Wayne Ncube said the organisation intended to appeal the decision.

ConCourt ruling shows Home Affairs the way

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Tags: #Constitutional Law #Immigration Law #Litigation
It is hoped that the compassionate approach to immigration – in the unanimous judgment by Constitutional Court Justice Edwin Cameron in Ruta v Minister of Home Affairs – will be adopted by the department, notes legal journalist Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti in an examination of the judgment on the GroundUp site.

Home Affairs facing class action over birth certificates

By Daily News Published on Monday, 14 January 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Immigration Law #Litigation
Haunted by the knowledge that their children’s futures are slipping away as a result of Home Affairs officials’ refusal to issue them with birth certificates – a group of SA parents has filed a class action against the department. A Daily Dispatch report says the main aim of the legal action – led by lead counsel Lilla Crouse SC – is to stop officials from demanding DNA tests that cost thousands of rands before children are issued with a birth certificate.

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