About 2000 refugees have reportedly been told by Home Affairs to back to their home countries. More refugees from three other African countries are said to be next.
702's Ray White (standing in for Stephen Grootes) spoke to Home Affairs spokesperson Mayihlome Tshwete.
Tshwete said the Angolan issue, in particular, dates back to 2004 when the country was going through political instability. Recommendations were that South Africa extend refugee status to Angolans, which it did.
Tshwete said the Department of Home Affairs gave refugees an opportunity two years ago to regularise their stay.
Refugee status is never permanent. It is based on challenges in their home country but eventually they would have to return [home].— Mayihlome Tshwete, Department of Home Affairs spokesperson