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Things to get tough for foreigners as ANC proposes complete overhaul of immigration.

Home Affairs Minister and ANC national executive committee member Aaron Motshoaledi gave a speech at Luthuli House on Monday outlining some of the party's proposed solutions, which included the creation of an immigration board made up of representatives from various government departments, civil society and labor unions.

Aside from that, immigration courts will be established by the governing party.

An open immigration policy of the ANC administration has been criticized by opposition parties such as ActionSA and the Patriotic Alliance, who blame it for the ANC's dismal performance in 2021 local government elections.

There have also formed in the country in recent years civil society organisations such as #OperationDudula and the Dudula Movement that have taken matters into their own hands by evicting foreign nationals from RDP houses and forbidding them from working as street sellers.

When a crowd in Diepsloot, South Africa, demanded identification from Zimbabwean Elvis Nyathi, he was killed by an angry mob.

On the other hand, he emphasized that several of the current immigration regulations such as the Refugee Act of 1998 were in conflict.

The strengthening of these rules in South Africa has been branded xenophobic, despite the fact that other countries including Zambia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe have already done so, he observed Modern slavery is practiced by employers who pit unionized South Africans against undocumented workers because of policy limitations.

Some foreign nationals and asylum seekers are awarded residency and citizenship before they qualify because of the aforementioned flaws. Asylum seekers and workers on the move often congregate in the same locale. In South Africa, it is unlawful to leave the country for economic reasons. The rule on asylum and refugee status doesn't matter; anyone coming to this country will cook them regardless of their motivation for doing so.

Although there are many African countries that accept refugees and asylum seekers, they must adhere to strict UN standards on what foreign nationals can receive. Zambia had a clause in its constitution that stated that the government was not bound to provide free basic education for refugees or foreign nationals.

All of this has convinced us to recommend a complete overhaul of the American immigration system to the policy conference.

According to Motsoaledi, tighter immigration controls are needed to keep criminals and dodgy businessmen from taking advantage of the country's open borders.


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