Deportation doesn't make SA safer or keep people out - Expert

Deportation doesn't make SA safer or keep people out - Expert

- Reports are streaming in, detailing how shops owned by foreign nationals are being looted in Soweto

- Meanwhile, Professor Loren Landau has criticised the notion that deportation will help relieve the situation

- As politicians seek to strengthen South Africa's borders and impose stricter immigration laws, this expert has his say

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Last week's raids on shops owned mostly by foreign nationals have sparked widespread uprising in the Gauteng region.

Briefly.co.za reported that shops, supposedly owned by foreigners, were looted by residents in numerous areas, resulting in victims fleeing for their lives.

Now, Professor Loren Landau, SA Research Chair in Mobility and the Politics of Difference at the African Centre for Migration and Society, says that deportation is simply not the answer.

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Speaking to 702, Landau insisted that the nation's law enforcement is enforcing the law in townships in a ways that is 'heavy-handed' and 'anti-poor'.

The expert says that the state is 'scapegoating' the situation, claiming that the nation's problems are caused largely by immigration.

Landau is adamant that deporting foreign nationals is not the way to go, commenting that:

"Deportation does not succeed in keeping South Africa safer or keeping people out."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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