- With numerous African countries enduring difficult economic times, many come to South Africa seeking employment opportunities and stability
- But with the nation enduring high unemployment rates and our own financial issues, this has put immense strain on an already flagging system
- Herman Mashaba has called for an honest discussion on illegal immigration and Mzansi weighed in with their views
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Former Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba has called on South Africans to express their views on the influx of undocumented foreigners into the country.
Briefly.co.za reported that protests broke out in Diepsloot in response to a wave of crime community leaders claim came with illegal immigrants.
Police Minister Bheki Cele vowed to ensure the situation is brought under control with the deployment of a specialised task team, but the incident has prompted debate.
READ ALSO: Diepsloot residents vow to protest until Bheki Cele hears their call
In a post to social media, Mashaba called for citizens to share their thoughts on the situation:
"Why can't we have an honest discussion about illegal immigration? It is costing our country dearly and corrupt politicians are too scared to talk about it."
The response to the situation revealed numerous citizens remain concerned with the hotly-debated issue.
While the Economic Freedom Fighters, led by Julius Malema, call for an Africa without borders, South Africans are worried about the plight facing locals.
Job scarcity, hindered economic growth and widespread corruption in the government (including SAPS) were common points raised.
Many citizens voiced concerns over law enforcement accepting bribes when encountering illegal immigrants, exposing a void in how the system protects the interests of the nation.
Take a look at just a few of the numerous points raised below:
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