Refugee Appeal Board taken to court over a crisis of adjudication

On Tuesday, the Pretoria News ran with a story that a group of people led by the Somali Association of South Africa is going to the High CCourt in Pretoria to argue that there is a crisis of adjudication at the Refugee Appeal Board.

Stephen Grootes, host of The Midday Report spoke to Wayne Ncube, Lawyers for Human Rights and Senior Attorney who prepared for the case of Somali refugee’s reject status.

Ncube explains that the case is specifically about status termination, to decide whether or not someone can be a refugee in South Africa.

What we're finding is that the Refugee Appeal Board keeps on making a number of consistent errors in their decision making.

Wayne Ncube, Senior attorney, Lawyers for Human Rights

This includes applying the right tests to decide whether or not someone is a refugee. Applying basic legal principles.

Wayne Ncube, Senior attorney, Lawyers for Human Rights

Ncube adds that the appeal board was disbanded last year and was recently set up again and as a result is facing a massive backlog.

Listen to the full report here:


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