Home Affairs studying ConCourt ruling that it reopens PE Refugee office

NOVEMBER 11, 2015

The Department of Home Affairs on Wednesday announced that it has noted the ruling passed by the Constitutional Court in relation to its appeal against an earlier decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal that it re-opens the Port Elizabeth Refugee Reception Office.

On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court dismissed the appeal by the Department. Home Affairs have three months to re-open the centre from the date of they recieve the order.

"We are in the process of studying the Constitutional Court ruling and, in this regard, we will make an announcement in due course," the Department of Home Affairs said in a statement.

"To this end, we wish to reaffirm our respect for the judicial system and reassure that any decision taken by the Department will have to be in line with the Constitution while taking operational implications of the ruling into consideration."

In August, the Constitutional Court had refused to hear the appeal by the Department of Home Affairs regarding the closure of the refugee reception office after it was lodged after deadline. 

Home Affairs wanted to appeal against a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) decision that it re-opens the office.

Last year, a SCA judgment found that the closure of the office had been unlawful. Read more HERE.

In March, the SCA ordered that the centre be re-opened.

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ABUSE OF SERVICES AMONG REASONS FOR HOME AFFAIRS' CLOSURE OF PE REFUGEE CENTRE