- Herman Mashaba is adamant that South Africa has become a 'soft target for foreign criminals'
- The politician is completely convinced that Mzansi is facing a crisis when it comes to illegal immigration
- Mashaba revealed that many citizens share this viewpoint on this sensitive issue
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Herman Mashaba has raised concerns over South Africa's illegal immigration issue.
The former Johannesburg mayor had been sifting through submissions sent to his party by South Africans when he touched on this 'crisis':
“We have become a soft target for foreign criminals fleeing their countries because of our deadly combination of zero border control and a criminal justice system that cannot tie its own shoelaces."
While Mashaba acknowledged that many foreign nationals entering the country had no bad intentions, he was still adamant that SA couldn't solve the whole of Africa's problems:
''Yes, many coming into our country are not criminals. They are simply trying to find opportunities in SA. But as a country, we cannot solve the problems of the continent, or the world, before we have started to solve our own."
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Mashaba insisted that this issue needed to be out in the open and that he would continue to raise it:
“We must never be silenced from discussing important issues in our country that are central to its turnaround. Despite the names I will be called, I will never stop raising the issue of illegal immigration."
With South Africa in the midst of a technical recession and high unemployment rates, Mashaba has called for a clampdown on points of entry into the country.
This has been an issue that Mashaba has been committed to for some time, condemning the government's response to the xenophobic unrest in Gauteng last year.
Mashaba had lambasted the state for apologising to foreign nationals, adamant that the influx of immigrants into the country was killing the economy:
“We are not going to turn a blind eye on such evil crime happening under our watch. The country also owes an official apology to the 10.2 million unemployed South Africans who are today without jobs as a result of billions of counterfeit goods being brought illegally into the country, killing local manufacturing.”
Briefly.co.za reported that Mashaba is set to launch his own political party after his divorce from the Democratic Alliance.
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