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South Africa

This team contributes leading decisions from South Africa

South Africa's Most Recent Decision

The most recent decision from South Africa is Mahamad Arwah Abdi Yusuf Ali Dhiblawe v Minister of Home Affairs and others, a decision rendered in South Africa by the Appeal Court of South Africa on Feb 15, 2011, involving an applicant from Somalia. A brief summary of the facts of the case is: A group of Somali asylum seekers sought protection from South Africa whilst being held at an inadmissible facility at the international airport in Johannesburg, pending their deportation from Namibia to Somalia via South Africa. The South African government denied responsibility for and jurisdiction over the asylum seekers, arguing that the courts cannot interfere with another sovereign state's deportation order.

Courts in South Africa

Constitutional Court of South Africa
Appeal Court of South Africa
High Court of South Africa
Refugee Appeal Board
Standing Committee
Regional Status Determination Officers

The National Coordinators for South Africa are:

Jacob van Garderen

Advocate Jacob van Garderen is the national project coordinator of Lawyers for Human Rights' Refugee Rights Project and has been actively involved in South African refugee law since 1998. Jacob holds the BCom and LLB degrees from the University of Pretoria and he is a practicing advocate of the High Court of South Africa.


Lee Anne de la Hunt

Ms. de la Hunt is currently working as a Legal Adviser to the Minister of Home Affairs, on leave from the University of Cape Town, where she is Director of the Legal Aid Clinic, and Read More Read more