Gauteng Community Safety MEC Nkosi-Malobane has warned foreign Nationals residing in all parts of South Africa to make sure they obeyed the country’s laws or face being sent packing.
Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said this last week after while marching against crime in Vanderbijlpark after a video showing Nigerian nationals attacking police officers in the area went viral.
She said every foreign national, including the Nigerians, should and must respect the laws of the country just as South Africans respect the laws of other countries.
The laws she was referring to obviously include the law against prostitution and the sale of drugs.
“We can’t allow people to sell drugs and it doesn’t matter if they are South African or not‚ if you get involved in that activity you will meet the anger of people of this country‚” Nkosi-Malobane said.
Three people who were involved in beating up the police were arrested. Also‚ preliminary results of the autopsy indicate that the man who died overdosed on drugs and Nkosi-Malobane urges anyone with a valid different information about the death of the man to come upfront.
“Pasop tsotsi! People here respect the police. When we are in their countries we respect their laws. We are asking them to do the same when they are here. In this country, we don’t touch a dead body and play with it. What we saw was uncalled for‚ we have never seen such. To a point where they even undermined a police van by placing the body on top of it‚” said MEC Nkosi-Malobane.
The MEC pleaded with police officers not to associate with criminals so that they would be respected by both citizens and foreign nationals
“Don’t associate with criminals‚ don’t be friends with criminals‚ don’t be seen visiting brothels. For you to be respected is when you do good for society. This will not repeat itself. We have arrested those bastards who beat up our policemen. Search them at that important area‚ and if you find drugs there‚ squeeze it. Let’s make sure that we squeeze the drug out of criminals‚” MEC MEC Nkosi-Malobane said.
“If your life is in danger don’t hesitate to use that gun. Don’t hesitate to use it. Because why should you be beaten up with a gun on your hip‚” she added
The Emfuleni Local Municipality Mayor Simon Mofokeng said that he was confident that the recent actions by the Nigerian National would not spark xenophobic attacks in the area.
He said: “This place has been hijacked. It’s even called Lagos‚ meaning that it is the capital of Nigerian nationals. Those who are in our country for illegal activities must pack and leave‚ we will not tolerate such behaviour.”
The house where the incident in the video took place was visited together with another block of flats that is suspected to be a drug den and a brothel.
The six police officers who were assaulted were reportedly on a raid after a tip-off about a drug den in the area.
The march was attended by more than 300 police officers and community members from Vanderbijlpark and surrounding areas. Another march will take place at Vereeniging on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the President, Jacob Zuma has warned against the killing of Nigerian nationals in South Africa.
The President who visited the eastern part of Nigeria during at the weekend called for a stronger unity between Nigerians and South Africans for the sake of the Continent of Africa.
MEC Nkosi-Malobane warns foreign Nationals In South Africa to obey and respect the laws of the country or face penalties for defaulting any of the rules.