Zimbabwean asylum seekers receive R700 million grant

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Zimbabweans in South Africa have a sigh of relief following South African Pretoria High Court order to the government to include asylum-seekers in the R700 million Covid-19 relief grant.

Which means every asylum seeker will get R350.

Judge Selby Baqwa handed the judgement last week on Thursday after Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, an NGO advocating for and assisting asylum-seekers, migrants and refugees made an application to the high court.

The NGO approached the court to ensure that the SA government extends the grant to both asylum-seekers and special permit holders.

Minister Lindiwe Zulu’s actions were declared unconstitutional and unlawful for excluding asylum-seekers and special permit.

The Department of Social Development (DSD) responding to the ruling stated that, it would be adhering to the ruling.

Spokesperson Lumka Oliphant told the media that: “It is important to first clarify that the judgment did not instruct the government to include refugees; they were already included.

“The court order was about the inclusion of asylum-seekers and special permit holders from Zimbabwe, Angola and Lesotho.

“The department will have to amend to include the words ‘holders of special permits under the Special Angolan Dispensation, the Lesotho Exemption Permit Dispensation and the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit Dispensation, and asylum-seekers whose section 22 permits/visas are valid or were valid on 15 March 2020.”

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