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What is it like to be a gay refugee in Cape Town?

Our comrade, Carl Collison, interviewed a gay refugee, Robert (not his real name), a gay Zimbabwean man who fled to South Africa in the hopes of making this his home.

What Robert found instead was abuse at the hands of other gay men, homophobia from Department of Home Affairs officials as well as the difficulties of navigating the Covid-19 pandemic as a sex worker living in a foreign country. In this short film by Carl Collison, Robert speaks with candour about fleeing his homeland, his life in South Africa and his hopes for the future. This film was commissioned by the GALA Queer Archive and sponsored by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS) with funds from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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“Perils and Pitfalls” Report Launch

“Perils and Pitfalls:  Migrants and Deportation in South Africa” Report Launch on 5 June 2012

Passop in conjunction with The Solidarity Peace Trust hereby invite you to the launch of our latest joint report and DVD  Documentary called “Perils and Pitfalls.”

This report brings to light the discrepancies between the legal requirements around deportation of migrants and the anomalies in its practical application. It is clear from the findings that South Africa is falling short of its lofty legal standards in the manner that the various government agencies are dealing with this huge challenge. The overall picture of abuse, corruption, lack of capacity, and the neglect of the rule of law in this area is a cause of great concern.

In this matter Zimbabwe represents a particular challenge, with Zimbabweans making up the largest number of migrants in South Africa in the context of the crisis that has engulfed that country for over a decade. The hope that the SADC mediated Global Political Agreement would provide the basis for a long-term stabilization in the country is yet to be fulfilled, and South African leadership in this process remains critical.

For the full report, please click on the links above or click here.

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Zimbabweans in South Africa