JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers could be leaving South Africa by the end of the week.
Their leaders have promised a mass walkout and they're vowing never to return to South Africa.
The group has been asked to leave the Central Methodist Church in Greenmarket Square which has been their home for nearly three weeks.
On Sunday, Reverend Alan Storey’s sermon was about peace, dignity and compassion but he also lashed out at those who attacked a delegation of clergy and civil society organisations who were trying to report back to the refugee group about the way forward.
“What happened on Friday made me very very sad," Storey said.
"It was a disgrace what happened on Friday.
"I understand people were angry. But to attack people and beat people I’m sorry. It should never have happened.”
Storey has appealed to South Africans not to let the incident overshadow the plight of refugees.
The church accommodated the refugees after they were forcibly removed from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office premises.
Storey is also calling on Home Affairs officials to play their part and issue the refugees and asylum seekers with necessary documents as soon as possible.
He says his only concern is about their safety especially the women and children.
Storey has also highlighted the health risks given the limited toilet and ablution facilities at the church.