â€œThe UN told me thatÂ either I willÂ be deported to another country, or my application will be successful and I would be granted asylum. The third possibility is that I willÂ be arrested and deported to Ethiopia as a prisoner. I continue to publish Ethiopian news in South Africa and I still criticise the government. I receive threatening emailsÂ telling me to stopÂ and this is why the third possibility is not really an option for me. I will be killed in Ethiopia.â€
Ethiopian journalist and asylum seeker Legesse Seifu is still waiting to hear from home affairs about his latest asylum application,Â and faces imminent deportation back to a country where he has been arrested several times for his journalism, after his most recentÂ temporary permit expired yesterday. If our government is hemming and hawing about giving refugee status to a journalist fleeing persecution, weâ€
Must-read, this weekÂ
Monday, 25 May was Africa Day. On the one hand, the government used the day to call for unity; on the other,Â Operation Fiela is being intensified. Khadija PatelÂ examines the devastating effects these raids have had on foreign nationals, pointing to the hollow nature of any official celebrations of continental togetherness. Human rights, and the rights of our African brothers and sisters, need to be protected always â€“ not only on one day of the year.
In the last couple of years, thereâ€
Toon of the week: Trevor Noahâ€