The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, will on Monday, 20 June 2016, observe the World Refugee Day by visiting the Bienvenu Shelter in Johannesburg and engaging with representatives from the refugee community at the Catholic Archdiocese of Johannesburg. Minister Gigaba will be supported by Deputy Minister Fatima Chohan as well as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) at the event.
The Bienvenu Shelter caters for the basic needs of migrant women and children as well as refugees.
South Africa has a constitutional obligation to ensure that genuine refugees are acknowledged and given the support required while offering support to those who have been forced to flee political, ethnic and other forms of persecution. To this end, the Department of Home Affairs plays a pivotal role in the achievement of social cohesion in view of fostering unity in society against xenophobia, Afrophobia, homophobia and related intolerances.