Cape Town High Court Acting Judge Melanie Holderness said last week the Cape Town Refugee Office manager, officials and Home Affairs had been instrumental in a mental breakdown that put the woman in hospital in July, six years after she applied for asylum.
Holderness said the refugee status determination officer, Shadrack Diamond, failed to give the woman a fair hearing. And the standing committee for refugee affairs, to which she appealed, "appears to have been nothing more than a rubber-stamping" of Diamond's decision.
The judge overturned the decision to deny asylum to the woman and her daughter, now eight, and granted them refugee status.
"The respondents have demonstrated incompetence and insensitivity and it would be unfair to subject her to a fresh process presided over by them," she said.
Sep 21, 2020he persecution, ethnic cleansing, and attempted genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is an affront to the rule of law, a well-documented atrocity and, according to a top international lawyer, a moral stain on “our collective conscience and humanity”. So why are the killings and other horrors continuing while known perpetrators go unpunished? It’s a […]
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