Media reports confirm that refugees are treated with contempt in South Africa.

As the world celebrates World Refugee Day today, Emeka Johnson, head of Communications and Public Relations for Africa Diaspora Forum (ADF) says South Africa has failed woefully in refugees treatment.

Speaking this morning on ANN7 Television, he opines that though South Africa has good infrastructures but has disappointed many refugees who seek refuge in the land.

He laments: “We only have two refugee reception centers in South Africa. Home Affairs has failed. Asylum seekers stay on the same status for ten years. Some are arrested immediately after they are rejected”.

Carly Cane, an immigration lawyer echoes similar sentiments that Home Affairs treat refugees in a shockingly deplorable way. She advises that the nation needs to reach out to the displaced and helpless refugees.

Cane appeal to the Home Affairs should be more compassionate and discretional in treating refugees and the law should be applied in the spirit of the constitution.

Refugees from various countries stage a protest on UN’s World Refugee Day, outside the South African Parliament, against poor treatement of refugees by the South African Department of Home Affairs and UNDP, and violence and xenophobia aimed at refugees, on June 20, 2013 in the centre of Cape Town. One of the banners also wishes former South African President, Nelson Mandela a speedy recovery from his illness. AFP/RODGER BOSCH

Johnson reveals that the Lindela Deportation Camp in South Africa is overcrowded with some people being unlawfully detained for about five years.

There have been cries in the past over the inhuman treatment refugees receive in South Africa especially at the Marabastad Refugee Reception Office in Pretoria Refugee Centre.

At Marabastad refugee are cursed, abused, insulted, beaten and even manipulated to bribe officials to get relevant refugee permits.

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