What labour rights do Assylum seekers have? The Department of Home Affairs has granted asylum seekers the right to work in South Africa in order to sustain themselves. This was a decision made in order to lift the financial burden on the government to avoid the type of scenarios witnessed in Europe.
At the beginning of November 2013, the Department of Labour (“the department”) published a draft law called Employment Services Bill of 2012 (henceforth “the Bill”). The Bill was approved by the National Assembly on 12 November 2013 and now awaits the consideration of the National Council of Provinces.