Lawyers for Human Rights claim that South Africa is using detention and deportation as inhuman tools to manage migration.
The watchdog has written an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa about this.
Doctors Without Borders also registered its criticism about what is happening at South African detention centres.
Speaking to Ray White on The Midday Report, Director General of Home Affairs, Mkuseli Apleni said he doesn't think that refugee centres in South Africa are bad.
We even allowed the Human Rights Commission (HRC) to come and look at what we are doing and now we believe that it is a state of the art facility.— Mkuseli Apleni, DG Home Affairs
He adds that they welcome anyone to go there and see those refugee facilities.
Apleni says once they arrest someone in South Africa in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act, the person arrested must be able to appear in front of a magistrate within 48 hours.
If we have not been able to deal with that person within 48 hours, we still want to continue to keep that person in the facility, we must do that based on a court ruling.— Mkuseli Apleni, DG Home Affairs
Before we can repatriate a person, we need to go to the country the person claims they are from, then the country must come to Lindela and prove that the person belongs to their country and based on that the person will get travel documents.— Mkuseli Apleni, DG Home Affairs
Listen below to the full interview:
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