Calls to investigate corruption at Home Affairs refugee offices

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Johannesburg, 09 July 2015 - The Department of Labour and Home Affairs cracked down on a number of unlicenced domestic worker 'agencies' recently. Photographed here: one agent has many more passports than the number of women she is acting as an agent for.

JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) is calling on the public protector to investigate alleged corruption at refugee offices throughout South Africa. This follows the organisation’s two year study of the country’s asylum system.

They have found widespread corruption throughout the asylum process, from border crossings, refugee reception centers, application processes and detention centres.

LHR wants Home Affairs to initiate an independent investigation into each stage of the asylum process.

South Africa remains one of the biggest recipients of refugees in the world.