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Gigaba must explain why refugee centres have not been opened: DA

05 June 2018 - 15:50 By Ernest Mabuza
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.
Image: Peter Mogaki. Sowetan.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) will request that Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba be summoned to Parliament to explain why the Cape Town and Port Elizabeth refugee reception offices have not been reopened.

It said refugees did not use Port Elizabeth or Cape Town as their ports of entry.

The DA said it would write to the chairperson of the Home Affairs Portfolio Committee‚ Lemias Mashile‚ to request that Gigaba be summoned to account for why these reception centres had not been reopened.

“Clearly‚ the failure by Minister Gigaba to obey the courts is compromising the ability of the Department to ensure asylum applications are processed and finalised efficiently‚” DA shadow minister of home affairs Haniff Hoosen said.