South Africa - What is the asylum process like in South Africa? Is there a particular type of residence status that would be given to Malawian nationals in South Africa and which would last for three months? Are applicants for asylum in South Africa given a three month residence permission and, if so, is it renewable and how often? To which body does an asylum seeker in South Africa apply for refugee status? Does the Home Office in South Africa exercise any function in respect of asylum applications?