South Africa Court Halts Migrants’ Deportation

A crowd of anti-immigrant protesters demonstrate outside the Jeppe hostel in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, April 17, 2015, where some foreigners have sought refuge. Several shops and cars owned by foreigners were torched in downtown Johannesburg overnight in continued anti-immigrant attacks. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
A crowd of anti-immigrant protesters demonstrate outside the Jeppe hostel in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, April 17, 2015, where some foreigners have sought refuge. Several shops and cars owned by foreigners were torched in downtown Johannesburg overnight in continued anti-immigrant attacks. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
A crowd of anti-immigrant protesters demonstrate outside the Jeppe hostel in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, April 17, 2015, where some foreigners have sought refuge. Several shops and cars owned by foreigners were torched in downtown Johannesburg overnight in continued anti-immigrant attacks. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

(BBC) – South Africa’s high court has temporarily prevented the deportation of more than 300 undocumented migrants.

Rights activists have criticised the arrests of more than 700 suspected illegal migrants following recent deadly xenophobic violence.

Police say they made the arrests during crime prevention operations.

The authorities have been under pressure to both bring an end to the attacks on foreigners and to introduce tighter immigration controls.

The African migrants detained at the Lindela repatriation centre, 25km (15 miles) west of Johannesburg, were due to be deported on Wednesday, reports the BBC’s Nomsa Maseko.

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