Home Affairs must speed up dealing with child refugees: lawyer


Johannesburg, 5 March 2018 - A woman who was with eight Zimbabwean children found by police in a truck in Rustenburg last year has spoken out. The group was travelling to Cape Town from Zimbabwe.

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs must work faster to clarify the status of displaced children, says Centre for Child Law director Ann Skelton.

More than half the world&39;s refugees are children, according to the United Nations.

This is believed to be the highest proportion of child to adult refugees on record since World War Two.

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It&39;s unclear how many child refugees there are in South Africa, but in late 2017, an estimated 280,000 refugees and asylum seekers were living in the country.

Skelton says Home Affairs needs to accelerate its processes.

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