Home Affairs has affirmed that it is working closely with its partners in the Western Cape to reintegrate the temporary shelter protesters back into the community.
The Department of Home Affairs took to Twitter on Monday, 3 May 2021, to endorse a statement shared by the government on the progress made to reintegrate the temporary shelter protesters in Paint City and Wingfield in Cape Town. The department is looking to take down the temporary shelter and ablution facilities, therefore, it has been in talks with the protesters to find an amicable solution before doing so.
The statement read, “Last Monday, 26 April 2021, the protestors were given a final notice to take the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offer to assist them to reintegrate into local communities or to voluntarily repatriate to their countries of origin.”
Alongside the UNHCR, Home Affairs is working on finalising the paperwork for the foreign nationals looking to return home. The process was not detailed with a finite timeline, however, the statement noted, “Law enforcement authorities have opted to allow immigration and UNHCR officials time to complete their work and not disrupt them by moving in at the moment.”
See the post below.
Please note the corrected version of this earlier story on SAnews.The @HomeAffairsSA & its partners have been engaging the protestors living in temporary shelters in #PaintCity & #Wingfield in CT, before taking down the tents & removing ablution facilities https://t.co/1K2kugEyDF pic.twitter.com/tymyZHjZKV
— @SAgovnews (@SAgovnews) May 3, 2021