Refugee arrests: 'What happened in Cape Town was reflection of a broken system'

Chaos erupted in the Cape Town CBD on Wednesday when police moved in to forcibly remove foreign nationals camping outside the offices of the UN High Commission for Refugees.

Police fired rubber bullets and used water cannon before arresting more than 100 people.

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Following the recent spate of xenophobic attacks in South Africa, foreign nationals have been demanding that the United Nations (UN) assist them in leaving the country.

Bongani Bingwa chats to Amnesty International South Africa executive director Shenilla Mohamed, for her view on these events.

The refugee asylum processes within the state are not working properly and so you get genuine refugees coming into the country and they cannot be processed.

Shenilla Mohamed, Executive director - Amnesty International South Africa

She says her organisation released a report that shows that people have been living in limbo and do not have the documents that will give them rights in South Africa.

What happened in Cape Town was a reflection of a broken system. People feel unsafe, they feel unsafe because they don't have documents that will protect them and give them access to the basic services that they need.

Shenilla Mohamed, Executive director - Amnesty International South Africa

Listen below to the full conversation:


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