# The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg clarified that detaining undocumented individuals during asylum application processes isn’t inherently unlawful. This ruling responds to Ethiopian nationals seeking to prevent detention, prosecution, or deportation until their refugee status is determined. They argue that detention during asylum processes was illegal. The court clarified that release is not automatic for asylum seekers who entered the country illegally.
Detaining of undocumented foreigners during asylum application processes is not unlawful