Home Affairs

Zimbabweans trying to leave SA not being turned back: Home Affairs explains

The department says people without valid documents are being referred to documentation counters but choose not to go

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Brief | 19 September 2022

We travel to Harare with returning Zimbabweans

It’s an unhappy journey marked by xenophobia and an uncertain future

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News | 30 August 2022

Government defends its decision to end Zimbabwean permits

Home Affairs files opposing affidavit in ZEP case brought by the Helen Suzman Foundation

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Law | 22 August 2022

As deadline approaches Zimbabweans face a stark choice: start from zero in a broken country or live undocumented in SA

From 1 January 2023, hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans and their children will no longer be able to live, work and go to school legally in the republic

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News | 23 June 2022

Home Affairs’ refugee office to re-open in Cape Town, ten years after it was closed

The closure meant refugees could only apply for asylum in Durban, Musina, Gqeberha or Pretoria

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News | 26 May 2022

Home Affairs does nothing to help disabled learners get IDs

The state is denying learners their rights, says lawyer

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News | 17 May 2022

People wait in the cold and rain for hours outside Home Affairs in Mitchells Plain

“Most of us have been standing here since 3am” says 60-year-old man

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News | 14 April 2022

Scrapping Zim permit will cause humanitarian crisis, warn activists

180,000 Zimbabwean Exemption Permit holders face an uncertain fate at the end of this year

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News | 28 February 2022

Dumped and abandoned: the fate of those evicted from JHB’s inner city

City threatens to evict people who have already been evicted

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News | 28 February 2022

Immigrants demand refugee offices reopen after two years of lockdown

Home Affairs has opened services for South Africans but asylum seekers remain shut out

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News | 15 February 2022

People queuing for eight hours outside Home Affairs sent home without being helped

Manager says he is used to addressing angry crowds at Durban office

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Brief | 11 February 2022

Refugees struggle to renew their asylum documents with Home Affairs online system

Some asylum seekers have missed the 31 December 2021 deadline

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News | 4 February 2022

Long queues at Home Affairs in spite of minister’s promise

But provincial manager claims “Home Affairs has declared war on queues”

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Photo Essay | 29 November 2021

Post office, SASSA office, library and community centre have all closed down in Madiba’s hometown

Unpaid electricity bills and armed robberies have collapsed Qunu’s multi-purpose community centre

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News | 19 November 2021

By the time Home Affairs reopens its Cape Town refugee office it will have taken ten years

Epping office expected to open in September 2022

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News | 15 November 2021

You might need to pitch up at 3am if you want something from this Home Affairs office

The Mthatha office is overwhelmed, official acknowledges

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Brief | 3 November 2021