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Zimbabweans: SA Police not heeding moratorium
14 Jan 2011

JOHANNESBURG — Policemen should know they can’t arrest Zimbabweans for not having proper documents to be in SA until the Home Affairs Department lifts the moratorium on deportations on August 1, Lawyers for Human Rights said yesterday.

“It is a positive move from Home Affairs to extend the moratorium on deportations,” Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh, head of the refugee and migrant rights programme, said in a statement.

“We are however concerned about the continued arrests and harassment of Zimbabweans by [police].

“We would encourage Home Affairs to formally communicate this decision to extend the moratorium to the police so that we do not continue to see Zimbabweans being arrested for immigration reasons.”

On Wednesday the department announced that a moratorium on the deportation of Zimbabweans who don’t have the proper papers will ould stay in place until August 1, to allow for the 275 762 applications for the legalisation of their stay to be processed. — Sapa.

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