Police Called In As Refugees Jump Unhcr Walls In Pretoria

  |   Sanews

A case of trespassing has been opened against a group of refugees, who on Thursday moved onto the premises of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) offices in Pretoria.

On Wednesday, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ordered that the refugees vacate the area within three days of the order being served on them.

They have been living on the pavements, in tents and makeshift structures, outside the offices since the beginning of October.

Hundreds of refugees are asking to be resettled in another country, as they fear xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

Their presence led to an urgent application by the Waterkloof Homeowners' Association and Brooklyn and Eastern Areas Citizens' Association, which was granted.

On Thursday morning, police were called after the refugees jumped the walls and gates of the UNHCR offices and started setting up camp inside the premises.

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