South Africa has introduced a law that prohibits refugees from engaging in political activities or faces expulsion.
The South African government has not given details for the new regulations, but the law says refugees can be deported if they engage in political activities, including engaging in matters that forced them to flee their homes.
The law came into effect on January 1, 2020.
“No refugee or asylum seeker may participate in any political activity or campaign in furtherance of any political party or political interests in the Republic,” the law says.
Refugees will be deported if they break tha above law.
The law is broad, touching on sensitive issues other than political activities, such as paternity, marriage, asylum seeking, rights of refugees, among others.
This means a person born by refugees in South Africa has to prove paternity status before being employed.
Legal experts say this low raises a “paper wall” to keep migrants out, “lay the groundwork to exclude asylum seekers from working in certain sectors of the economy, and requirements for paternity tests in some circumstances.”
The country has been contemplating on several measures to deal with tragic experiences of Xenophobia, mostly triggered by bigotry.
However, to respond to local pressures, the law is expected to create a “new dispensation for the handling of refugees – with many pitfalls that can see them kicked out of South Africa,” as reported by press.
Observers also say the law appears to trap refugees, now unable to fight for their rights, neither in South Africa nor in their country of origin.
In contrast, South African government will sign relief due to pressure from it’s counterparts who are facing challenges created by dissidents using their safe stay in South Africa.
The law is accessible below