- Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, has come forward to foster blame on the city’s home affairs for protests from Central Business District traders
- Mashaba recently addressed foreign vendors in Joburg’s city centre, after police confiscated goods from their stalls
- The Joburg Mayor assured the traders that the city’s Home Affairs would take responsibility for the foreigners’ lack of documentation
Johannesburg’s Mayor, Herman Mashaba, spoke to a crowd of foreign traders in the city’s Central Business District (CBD), after a recent altercation between the traders and the local South African Police Service (SAPS).
SAPS members confiscated goods from traders’ stalls, which led to a frustrated group of vendors throwing rocks at the law enforcement team and staging protests, EWN reported.
Mashaba addressed the group of protestors and blamed home affairs for the chaotic situation
"Unfortunately, we are being let down very badly by home affairs who are creating this mess,” the Joburg Mayor declared.
Briefly.co.za gleaned that Mashaba assured the CBD vendors that the reason for the situation was the fact that the South African Home Affairs had not provided foreigners with the correct documentation.
Mashaba also criticised and blamed the lack of ‘closed borders’, for the tense situation.
“I’m going to hold home affairs accountable to make sure that everyone who is in this country has got the [right] documentation, that we are unapologetic about… they are the ones who created this mess. If our borders were closed, we would not be sitting with this chaos,” Mashaba explained to the vendors.
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