Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has gazetted the Refugees Amendment Act, which came into effect from 1 January.
The amended act has new rules for refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa.
Speaking to Clement Manyathela on the Xolani Gwala Show, Dr Motsoaledi explains the new rules in the act. “We have added more exclusions on when can you get exclude for applying for asylum. In the new act we expel you if you commit fraud because when you defraud documents, you destroy the sovereignty of the country and undermine everything Parliament has done”, Motsoaedi said.
Motsoaledi says changes to the laws are much broader than what has been covered in the media. He explains that the act includes several updated definitions, including what it means to classify as a dependent.
According to Motsaoledi, applicants will be excluded if:
- They have been involved in Schedule 2 crimes
- They have fraudulent documentation
- They were involved in war crimes
- They enjoy protections from another country
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