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Asylum seeker’s bribery case sheds light on plight of refugees

It is alleged that an official accepted R500 to extend the permit of a Bangladeshi national.

FILE: “Do not label or mislabel migrants or refugees and asylum seekers with a dull paintbrush,” said James Chapman. Photo: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN – The plight of refugees has been highlighted by a case against an asylum seeker accused of bribing an internal affairs official.

It is alleged that the official accepted R500 to extend the permit of a Bangladeshi national.

Home Secretary Aaron Motsoaledi reacted by saying the bribe for free service suggested the person was aware they did not have a valid application for international protection.

However, James Chapman of the Scalabrini Center disputed the Minister’s comments.

“Don’t label or mislabel migrants or refugees and asylum seekers with a dull brush, because if you do, it will only fuel this already very negative anti-migrant rhetoric. Also, with the number of people taking the law into their own hands and hurting or attacking migrants, you have to be very careful,” Chapman said.

Chapman added that when it comes to bribes and corruption, it’s a two-way street.

“It is not only the asylum seeker, the refugee, the migrant or the person who is accused, but there is also a role played by the representative of the government. It should also be mentioned that while the court is still in the process of assessing, one should not make categorical statements or judgments about what people did while they were still at the allegation stage.



Asylum seeker’s bribery case sheds light on plight of refugees

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