HOME AFFAIRS IS DISCRIMINATING AGAINST US: NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA CRY OUT

HOME AFFAIRS IS DISCRIMINATING AGAINST US: NIGERIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA CRY OUT

Nigerians in South Africa have unequivocally cried out that the South African Home Affairs deliberately discriminate against them.

Words on the street revealed that many Nigerians could not renew their permits. Over 65% of those who applied for permit renewals were turned down. Most of those who applied for work permit were not successful.

Currently, procurement of Labour Letter is a non-negotiable requirement to process work permit. But there are cries that securing labour letter is like attempting to bring water out of a stone.

A staff of nigeriansinsouthafrica.co.za who visited the labour office in Braamfontein also met a brick wall. After waiting downstairs for hours before someone could attend to him. The labour department officer told him labour letter could not be issued to him because it was a member of his company that ought to come and get the letter on his behalf.

His explanation to the labour office that he is the only member of the company currently fell on deaf ears.

However, many Nigerians say those who are able to bribe still get their permits renewed.

Anonymously, a Nigerian who lived in South Africa before relocating to Nigeria said: “They don’t check what you submit. They have a percentage of people they will give. They have collected money from some people so they must give those ones. They just add a few other people to it. Corruption at the Home Affairs is parasitic”.

This sentiment is popularly shared by many Nigerians in South Africa. Many of them have become frustrated and some have resorted to applying for asylum because it requires less money to bribe to secure asylum permit.

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