- The ANC has announced that it will take a tougher stance on undocumented migrants
- Secretary-general Ace Magashule said that many citizens were concerned about illegal immigration
- The move has prompted some to accuse the party of trying to appease voters
The ANC has announced that it will take a harsher stance against undocumented immigrants for the upcoming election.
The party's secretary-general Ace Magashule said the issue was repeatedly raised by citizens while the ANC traveled the country on its Thuma Mina campaign.
Magashule said that many South Africans were concerned that undocumented immigrants were taking away business and not paying tax.
His comments echo statements made by Cyril Ramaphosa over the last few weeks. While speaking at the ANC's manifesto launch in Durban, Ramaphosa said that the ANC was committed to reducing the amount of illegal immigration into South Africa, claiming that undocumented migrants were undermining national security.
His statement follows allegations that undocumented immigrants are putting strain on services like healthcare and housing.
This is a major change from the ANC's previous softer stances regarding immigration. The party had previously slammed the DA's tough policies on immigration as xenophobic and populist.
This has prompted some to accuse the ANC of merely attempting to appease voters.
"The ANC has neglected the issue for many years. It has allowed our army to get to a point where it has no capability to protect the borders," said DA leader Mmusi Maimane. "You judge a man by his reputation; the ANC's reputation is that it has failed on the issue."
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