DA’s Mashaba, mayor for Johannesburg, metro has issued an order for all illegal foreigners living in the city to vacate the city.
The mayor said this at a media conference in Johannesburg on Thursday while reporting on his achievements in his 100 days in office.
Herman Mashaba said illegal immigrants got here criminally, hence they should be treated as criminals.
He also said he would engage the human rights lawyers to assist him in evacuating the “criminals” even as respective embassies have agreed to help with the process.
“You see, for me, when I call these criminals criminals, I want them to understand that they are criminals. They are holding our country to ransom and I am going to be the last South African to allow it,” Mashaba said.
DA’s Mashaba further noted that he knows his limits because the national government had opened borders to criminals, but the his party, the DA, would change all that when it takes over national government in 2019.
“But in the meantime I have already started engaging embassies in our country for them to know their residents in our city are here criminally.
“We will engage the provincial and national government to help us in this regard but I don’t believe anyone can expect us to tolerate activities of criminality.” He said as he claimed that under the ANC’s watch, criminals (foreigners) were allowed to come into SA without proper papers but that cannot happen under the DA’s watch.
This comment by DA’s Mashaba echoes Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini who was taken to the SA Human Rights Commission for accusing the government of failing to protect locals from the “influx of foreign nationals”.
The Human Rights Commission found him not guilty of hate speech. At the time the DA attacked the king, saying his comments were highly irresponsible.
Mashaba called on the government to devise means of strengthening the state borders saying the country needed to be protected from illegal immigrants.
“The private sector can easily pour R20-billion each year into our inner city and turn it into a construction site within a matter of months,
“We need to create quality low-cost housing for our people and rental space for small business and entrepreneurs to flourish,” He told journalists about taking back the inner city from illegal dwellers and slumlords.