- With xenophobia still fresh on the nation's minds, President Cyril Ramaphosa says border control will be prioritised
- Aiming to reduce the ebb of illegal immigrants into South Africa, the government seeks to tighten regulations
- The way foreign nationals do business in the country will also be undergoing changes according to the president
South Africa borders will soon be under tighter control in order to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country.
SowetanLIVE reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa has committed to the government prioritising border control, and imposing tighter regulations:
Law enforcement personnel, who aid those seeking to enter SA illegally, will be facing harsher punishments:
“Police and immigration officials who take bribes in return for making cases go away, for releasing impounded goods or for issuing fraudulent documents must be dealt with firmly."
Briefly.co.za reported that counterfeit goods being brought into the country has cost around R1 billion in damages in just a few short months.
Ramaphosa touched on this while addressing concerns over the crime some feel follows foreign nationals into the country:
“We understand the concerns of local businesses struggling to compete against counterfeit goods being sold at prices they cannot match.”
Those who own and operate businesses in SA will soon be facing a change in the legal framework that allows them to participate in the economy:
“We should consider, as many other countries have, the regulation of how foreign nationals can own and participate in certain types of businesses within the small- and medium-enterprise sector."
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