It’s a popular opinion in South Africa that the influx of undocumented migrants into the country is a leading cause of the rise in crime, unemployment and poor standard of living.
Clearly, many South African aren’t happy with the foreigners living in Mzansi.
Few days ago, a message claiming to be from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) circulated social media platforms threatening the removal of foreign nationals from South Africa, particularly, in Pretoria and Johannesburg .
Now, another message circulating via social media networks and SMS (Short Message Services), claims that the Department of Home Affairs started deporting undocumented migrants on Monday, 23 January 2017.
In response, the Department of Home Affairs distanced itself from the message specifying that it didn’t issue any order for the deportation of undocumented migrants.
“No such statement was made or issued by the department or any official,” Home Affairs stated and asserted that they act consistently within the confines of the Constitution of the Republic, and seeks at all times to uphold the rule of law.
“It would run contrary to the laws of our country to instruct citizens, as purported in the malicious messages, to take the law into their hands, and to close companies down without due process.
“It is through the immigration services, and its inspectorate, that the department enforces immigration legislation, manages the immigration system and effects deportations, in terms of the Immigration Act 13 of 2002 and regulations.
“The inspectorate has a duty to ensure that persons in South Africa are correctly documented, reside in the country on a lawful basis and acquire documents and status lawfully.
“It has standardized systems relating to the detection and deportation of illegal foreign nationals in South Africa,” lectured the Department.
BuzzSouthAfrica gathered that the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba will soon explain the details of the department’s approach on the matter of immigration and asylum-seeker management.
“He will shed more light on South Africa’s implementation of systems for managing processes relating to asylum and undocumented migrants…
Citizens and all other persons in the country are strongly advised to ignore this false alarm that is seemingly seeking to fuel tensions in the country, at a time when priority is given to economic development, creating jobs and fighting poverty and inequality.
It is in the best interest of the country for government and citizens to do all in their power together to work for stability and peace, while combating illegal migration and other crimes through lawful means.”
With the above, the department called for cooperation of citizens and stakeholders to ensure a safe and secure South Africa.
“It was in this spirit that the SA Cabinet had established an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Migration to focus on key migration issues and how they impact on the nation,” added the department.
Meanwhile, The EFF reacted to the message threatening the removal of foreign nationals from South Africa in its’ name, expressing that the city of Johannesburg and the whole of South Africa belongs to all Africans.
“The EFF rejects the statement that calls for the removal of foreign nationals from the city of Johannesburg released under the name of the EFF.
“The statement calls for the ostracism of foreign nationals is not only fake but is contradicts everything EFF stands for. We call on members of the EFF and the entire society to be careful of fake accounts and fake news.
“Both Twitter and Facebook accounts of the EFF have been authenticated. EFF statements are therefore released to the public through these outlets together with the official EFF website,” stated the Fighters.