'The police trampled on the rights of refugees yesterday,' says SAHRC

Police in Cape Town came under fire for their treatment of a group of foreign nationals who have been camping outside the UN Refugee Agency in Cape Town.

They've been demanding that the United Nations (UN) helps them to leave South Africa following the recent spate of xenophobic attacks.

RELATED: 'Home Affairs needs to come to the party to address refugees' concerns'

On Wednesday South African Police Service officers gave them an hour to leave the area around St George's Mall in the Cape Town CBD.

Eusebius McKaiser chats to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) chairperson advocate Bongani Majola on what happened in Cape Town on Wednesday and also shines the spotlight on the body.

Majola says SAHRC is distressed by what happened to refugees.

We think the police should be restraint in doing their work. We have for the past three weeks been trying to deal with the situation.

Advocate Bongani Majola, Chairperson - SAHRC

Majola says the situation is difficult because the refugees are demanding a solution that is impossible to achieve in a sense that they want to be taken to the US and Canada.

He says, however, the refugees present a health risk not wanting to be moved.

The police trampled on the rights of refugees yesterday. We should also look at the whole problem and balance the problem against another.

Advocate Bongani Majola, Chairperson - SAHRC

Listen below to the full conversation:


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