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Refugees Amendment Act in Effect

January 8, 2020

The Presidency

8 January 2020

The Refugees Amendment Act of 2008 came into effect on 1 January 2020.

Proclamation 60 was published in Government Gazette 42932.

The act seeks to amend the Refugees Act, 1998, so as to:


• amend, insert and delete certain definitions;
• provide for delegation of powers;
• provide for certain matters with regard to the establishment of Refugee Reception Offices;
• provide for the dissolution of the Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs and the Refugee Appeal Board;
• provide for the establishment of the Refugee Appeals Authority;
• provide for the clarification and revision of procedures relating to refugee status determination;
• provide for obligations and rights of asylum seekers;
• provide for the repeal of certain obsolete provisions;
• effect certain technical corrections; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

Meanwhile, the home affairs department published the Refugees Regulations in Gazette 42932.

The regulations focus on, inter alia, authenticity and termination of marriage, authenticity and notification of termination of permanent homosexual or heterosexual relationship, cessation of refugee status, Standing Committee for Refugee Affairs, integrity measures, asylum transit visa, application for asylum, abandoned application, asylum seeker visa, review of applications, identity document, surrender of documents and withdrawal of refugee status.

The regulations also came into force on 1 January 2020.