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"The Word Xenophobic Is Like A Toy Gun Used To Scare Us" -Aaron Motsoaledi on Immigration Policy


In June, the Helen Suzman Foundation announced that it will take the Department of Home Affairs to court for its intention to terminate the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit held by 250 000 Zimbabweans, citing that law-abiding Zimbabweans should not have their permits terminated without a good reason.

However, Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi feels different about this and believes that just like any other country, South Africa has to implement its immigration policy.

During an interview with eNCA, Motsoaledi cited that his department can not be accused of being xenophobic due to its intention of implementing the immigration policy. He adds that the word xenophobic is being used against his department as a toy gun, to scare them so they can duck and get confused. He refuses to change his beliefs, adding that not implementing the policy in question will leave the country lawless.



While the Helen Suzman Foundation's call for Zimbabweans who abide by the law to have their permits extended is humanitarian, it does not change the fact that the influx of illegal immigrants multiplies crime and terrorism risks.

Furthermore, how can the public get quality services from policy planners if the country has to take care of both documented and undocumented foreign nationals? Other countries implement their immigration policy and even deport foreign nationals when their permits expire. Why can't South Africa do the same?

The only concern here is that when it comes to immigration laws, it seems that it only applies to Zimbabweans and not all foreign nationals, yet they are not the only foreigners who live in South Africa.

There are many foreign nationals from other countries, some of whom have taken over illegal mines, but no word has been said to deport them. This immigration policy should be applied to all foreigners.

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