Asylum seekers take their grievances to Parliament

“Stop looting our shops” demand immigrants

“Afrophobia is a crime” and “Stop looting our shops”. These were some of the signs carried by protesters at Parliament on Tuesday, World Refugee Day. The march was organised by Voice of Africans for Change (VAC) to commemorate World Refugee Day. About 60 people marched from Keizersgracht Street to Plein Street to deliver a memorandum of demands.

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The memo listed a number of issues affecting the immigrant community, including the difficulty of getting proper documentation, social and workplace discrimination, and police brutality.

The protesters waited outside the gates of Parliament for close to an hour before the Acting Deputy Secretary of Parliament Modibedi Phindela appeared and listened as the memo was read by the director of VAC, Germaine Ntambue. Phindela spoke briefly and promised to see the memo went through the proper channels.

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