An Asylum seekers transit permit may be issued to any person who at a port of entry claims to be an asylum seeker for a period of 14 days only in order for that person to report to a refugee reception officer and apply for asylum at the nearest refugee office in South Africa.
If such person fails to report within this time then that person will become an illegal foreigner and thus become subject to any enforcement actions by the authorities in South Africa.
It is important for asylum seekers to appreciate that they have a right to apply for asylum at any stage whilst within South Africa and must be given that right.
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