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MBABANE – An exiled Swazi political activist is stuck in South Africa after his asylum was rejected. This comes just a week after the SA government rejected asylum for three other Swazi political activists. Pius Vilakati, former Univesity of Swaziland (UNISWA) SRC president, has come out to say his application for asylum was also denied in SA.

“Practically, I am on the Swaziland-South Africa border-line seeking to be allowed to enter South Africa. With this permit, I cannot exit South Africa since it does not entitle me to a passport. Generally, I am stuck here in South Africa, and so are the three CPS leaders,” lamented Vilakati.
CPS is the Communist Party of Swaziland.Vilakati’s plight was also confirmed by the party’s National Organising Secretary Njabulo Dlamini.
As a result, Vilakati said he was now stuck in SA.

He said his asylum was rejected in 2010 on the basis that Swaziland was now a liberated country. He said the officials in SA told him in no uncertain terms that there was nothing wrong in the country since it has no political instability whatsoever. Vilakati is the fourth exiled Swazi political activist to reveal having had his asylum rejected.

“Since 2010, together with other comrades, we have been trying to appeal that decision. If the problems in the department are not resolved timeously, I expect to face the same treatment as the three leaders endured when my appeal takes place, if it will ever take place. The only legal document I have is an “Asylum Seeker Temporary Permit” which I have to renew every six months,” lamented Vilakati.

He expressed belief that there was something happening on the background at leadership-to-leadership level, but when he got information that the three CPS leaders were being threatened with deportation, he said he realised that closed-doors discussions will not assist on this one.
“It has been four years since I arrived in SA but all the material problems I had on arrival are still there. The legal document that I have since 2010 is an ‘Asylum Seeker Temporary Permit.’ I, together with other comrades, have not received any refugee status other than an asylum seeker document,” lamented Vilakati.

According to the permit, Vilakati said asylum seekers were entitled to work and study in SA. However, he said he was faced with numerous challenges, some of which include that he is unable to open a bank account with his existing permit as no financial institution accepts it in SA.
“I have tried all of them. Imagine the trials and tribulations I have to go through whenever someone wants to send me money. Imagine the stress and frustrations that engulf me whenever I have to ask someone to accept money for me through their account,” said Vilakati.

He said before he could successfully enrol at the institution in which he is currently studying, he had to go to a couple of post offices to pay the necessary application fee since no staff member could understand the document he had in his position.

Vilakati said even getting a house was another impossible task. He said one needs both a valid ID and a bank account in order to rent a house. He said the only alternative was to get a small backroom in the township since no one asks questions.


Comments (2 posted):

Buhlebuyengetwa on 01/08/2014 07:09:38
Gogo on 01/08/2014 10:59:40
This man must come back home- it was an over sight on the SA side to grant him this permit in the first place

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