A shocking 384 000 people were illegal in South Africa during the 2016 -17 financial year.
According to Jacques Julius, DA MP, 384 000 foreigners entered the country with documents, most of whom had visas for a few months. However, there is no official indication that these people have ever left the country.
Solly Msimanga, Mayor of Tshwane and the DA’s premier candidate for Gauteng, said on Tuesday morning in an interview on Jacaranda FM to Martin Bester that 85% of the residents of the Plastic View settlement in the east of Pretoria are illegal in the country and have no documentation.
Maroela Media reported earlier that 500 residents were left homeless after a fire at the settlement on 6 October.
“Now you are having a problem. The people are here in your country and from a humanitarian point of view you need to assist them. But I can not build their houses if they do not have documents – the law does not allow it. The government can not subsidize people who are not legal here, “Msimanga said.
According to him, most of the residents of Olievenhoutbosch are also not legal in South Africa. He added that he wrote a letter to Malusi Gigaba, Interior Minister, saying that he should assist the people either by registering them, either to relocate or to send back to their countries of origin so that they are properly applied for legal to enter the country.
Julius told Maroela Media 227 000 of the estimated 384 000 illegal foreigners in South Africa are from Zimbabwe. According to him, one of the major challenges is a lack of officials of the Department of Home Affairs to investigate these cases.
“In the 2016-17 financial year, the 700 officers who employed them could find only 23 000 people. It’s only humanly impossible for that number of people to find so many thousands. ”
Msimanga said during the interview another major problem is that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is struggling to prosecute criminal cases as the offenders are often not documented. “They get the fingerprints, but can not connect to it.”
The DA proposes that officials be appointed as an urgent matter, as well as an amnesty period in which people can come forward to be documented. “Then we can really see what the state of affairs is,” Julius said.
The Department of Home Affairs did not respond to many written and telephone inquiries from Maroela Media.
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