- Herman Mashaba wants Parliament to hold the Department of Home Affairs accountable for the current problems with illegal immigration
- He says he has raised the issue with the Department several times but he has largely been ignored
- Mashaba wants immigrants processed quickly and provided with the proper documentation
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba says that the Department of Home Affairs must be held accountable for what he describes as the "illegal immigration crisis" in the city.
Mashaba says that his concerns about the issue have gone unheeded by the Department.
This comes after clashes between police and foreign nationals in the city centre last week.
Mashaba accused the department of being dysfunctional and of not taking adequate steps to address illegal immigration, Briefly.co.za has gathered. He says he has attempted to communicate with the department several times about the issue since he took office but that he has largely been ignored.
Now, Mashaba wants Parliament to hold the department accountable, according to IOL.
The mayor went on to say that undocumented immigrants place a burden on the Johannesburg Metro, as they make use of clinics and other government services. For example, Mashaba claims that between 15% and 39% of those who treated by government-run clinics are undocumented immigrants.
In Mashaba's view, Home Affairs needs to do more to process immigrants quickly and provide with them the necessary documentation. He says that if they fail in this, those affected will be "our poorest residents, and indeed, law-abiding foreign nationals".
The mayor says he has sent a letter to this effect to Bongani Bongo, the Chairperson of Parliament's Portfolio Committee for Home Affairs.
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