South Africa deports undocumented migrants who escaped repatriation center

South Africa map. Source: "World reference atlas"

More than 900 undocumented migrants from Southern African countries were deported to their original nations last week.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – MARCH 28: Protesters hold banners during a rally held to protest against xenophobia at Pieter Roos Park in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 28, 2017. Protesters demanded to end violence towards foreigners as they marched. (Photo by Ihsaan Haffejee /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Bongani Bongo, chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs of Parliament, revealed this during a visit to the Lindela Repatriation Center for undocumented migrants in Gauteng.

The visit came after 37 illegal foreigners escaped from the center.

More than 900 of people were deported back to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Lesotho and we’re left with about 500 people, he said.

He said last week’s escape was captured on CCTV.

It was also alleged that the escapees worked with security guards but disciplinary process was underway.

“What happened last week was reported to the police. Two employees were suspended. We will be following on that,” he said.

He said the remaining 500 mainly from Malawi would be deported soon.

Bongo said the portfolio committee was satisfied with health conditions at the center.

“The department has provided the PPE’s, we are happy with the progress we saw inside the centre,” he said.