The government said that South Africa was unable to take in any Afghan refugees who had fled the Taliban. In a statement made by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco), they said that the country was not in a position to accommodate Afghan refugees.
The government was asked to give them safe haven as a temporary measure until they were taken to their final destinations after thousands of Afghans fled the country after the Taliban take-over.
Dirco spokesperson, Clayson Monyela said that South Africa was already hosting a substantial number of refugees who were benefitting from social assistance and free medical healthcare.
He said that, “The South African govenment notes the overtures made to the country to consider receiving a number of Afghanistan refugees who have sought refuge in Pakistan. The South African government is unfortunately not in a position to accommodate such a request. In terms of international law, the well-being of refugees is best served by remaining in the first country of arrival.”
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