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What a state of home affairs, as judges despair over treatment of Germans

Last week’s ruling means the retirees must be given residence permits nearly five years after they first applied

Cape Town bureau chief

Home affairs repeatedly ignored two German couples who applied for permanent residence, then ignored a court instruction to make a decision.

When it finally turned down the applications it refused to provide reasons, then lost the high court case that ensued.

Now it has lost its own appeal – again with costs, which will be borne by taxpayers – and been labelled “contemptuous, cynical and inept” by a full bench of three judges at the High Court in Cape Town...

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