South Africa wants to control the flow of refugees

Times are changing in South Africa. The country of Nelson Mandela has just decided to strengthen its laws on immigration. This change will affect more particularly the refugees and itwill make it more difficult to seek political asylum, reported an article from the news agency Bernama.
The Government of President Jacob Zuma has shown that there  are 42.000 refugees in the country and not less than 100,000 other cases are waiting to be treated.
This situation is an important contrast from the previous ones. Many years ago now, thousand of people, mostly politicians, were leaving this country of southern Africa.
While this country was ruled by the apartheid regime, many political leaders of the opposition fled to England to avoid jail. From the outside, they have increased the international pressure on the regime and Frederik de Klerk, the last regime’s president, finally agreed to a compromise.
The new law would give more power the Immigration minister, rather that lower officials, a good way to avoid corruption, the government said last week.
Submitted by Jean-Virgile Tassé-Themens

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