The Refugees Amendment Bill 2015 will be submitted to Parliament for approval, Radebe told reporters in Pretoria after a fortnightly cabinet meeting.

Once approved by Parliament, the bill will be submitted to President Jacob Zuma to be signed into law.
“The amendments increase the efficiency and effective functioning of the application process of the asylum system, and are part of the broader review of the Migration Policy that is underway,” Radebe said without providing further details on the bill.

The bill comes just months after the country was hit by a wave of xenophobic violence that claimed several lives and displaced thousands of foreigners.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said last week that his country will set up an effective system to improve services to asylum seekers.

The bill is expected to pave way for the establishment of the system.

One of the purposes of the system is to prevent asylum seekers from falling prey to corruption and simplify asylum seeking procedures, Gigaba said.

The South African government has been criticized for the slow pace in processing asylum applications. Many applicants complained that their applications went unattended or took years before being processed.
There is a backlog of 100,000 asylum applications, according to official figures. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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