What is meant to happen next?

The Department of Home Affairs should reopen – and maintain – a fully functioning RRO by 31 March 2018. This means that newcomer asylum seekers should be able to apply for asylum and have their asylum claims fully adjudicated on in Cape Town. Asylum seekers with permits from other RROs but who are residing in Cape Town must also be assisted to finalise their claims in Cape Town. Once re-opened, the Cape Town RRO should be properly maintained and be able to provide proper services to asylum seeking clients and refugees.