Forum defends foreign nationals' rights: Police clamp down in Diepsloot

Forum defends foreign nationals' rights: Police clamp down in Diepsloot

- Police have begun a clampdown on undocumented foreign nationals in Diepsloot following recent protests

- The community is relieved that their call to action was answered by Police Minister Bheki Cele

- However, the African Diaspora Forum has spoken out in favour of the illegal migrants

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The African Diaspora Forum has come out in support of foreign nationals who enter South Africa illegally. reported that Police Minister Bheki Cele had deployed task teams to Diepsloot after protests wracked the region.

Community leaders had called on the government to remove illegal migrants, claiming the foreigners were responsible for a wave of crime in the area.

But the clampdown has been described as police brutality by the forum's Thokozani Sidu, who commented that:

"In as much as these people are undocumented, we have to address it in a proper manner because they still have the right to freedom of movement. For every African national we believe that every human right should be upheld."

READ ALSO: Diepsloot residents vow to protest until Bheki Cele hears their call

eNCA reports that a minimum of 100 suspected undocumented foreign nationals has been handed over to immigration officials in the settlement.

While the forum is unimpressed with the manner in which the police's TRT unit is conducting itself, the community has indicated its relief.

Speaking on behalf of residents, a community leader indicated they were pleased action was being taken:

"We are very happy about what we've seen, in particular, what we saw yesterday. You'll remember that ministers came to Diepsloot after the outbreak and we were promised that we would see police officers roaming the streets and trying to calm the situation. The majority of people arrested yesterday were confirmed as illegal immigrants by the station commander."

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