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Home Affairs ordered to release gay Ugandan couple

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The Department of Home Affairs has again been accused of discriminating against LGBTIQ+ asylum seekers, this time a gay Ugandan couple. Last month, the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg ordered Herbert Mafadi and Luzake Musana to be released from detention at the Lindela Repatriation Centre in Gauteng.

The men fled Uganda when their relationship was discovered and members of their community and their family threatened to kill them.

They arrived in South Africa in November 2020 but did not apply for asylum. In April, they were arrested and convicted of contravening the Immigration Act and sent to the detention centre to await deportation back to Uganda.

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