- Over 89 000 illegal immigrants have been deported back to Zimbabwe following their arrest after jumping over the border
- Human rights activists have warned of the humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe which is fueling the exodus
- Political analysts say that this is clear evidence that Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is a failure
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JOHANNESBURG - Over 89 000 illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe have been arrested and deported after they desperately tried to enter South Africa in the hope of a better life.
Zimbabwe labour unions, civic society groups and human rights activists have been warning South Africa of the humanitarian crisis taking place across the border.
Peter Mutasa, former president of Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions has said that SADC needs to resolve these issues and simply arresting and deporting immigrants is not the solution.
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Peter said that these people were desperate and hungry, 61% of Zimbabweans face food insecurity.
Political analysts say that the increase in immigrants flocking to South Africa is proof that Emmerson Mnangagwa's government is a failure.
The Zimbabwean government has remained silent over the exodus of its people to South Africa.
Cabinet defends Aaron Motsoaledi amid social media backlash over Zim permits
Earlier, Briefly News reported that the Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi has been trending on social media since he made an oversight visit at the Beitbridge Border Post in Musina, Limpopo on Sunday, 2 January.
Mostoaledi, who is committed to ensuring that there is order at the border and that illegal immigrants who try to enter South Africa are sent back home, has been criticised for not maintaining order.
Social media posts have depicted scores of immigrants trying to get into South Africa, which makes it seem like there is a serious crisis at the border currently.
Motsoaledi has now come out to say that there is no crisis and in fact, those images being circulated are from years back, according to SABC News. Motsoaledi states that since his visit, approximately 700 arrests have been made.
Mzansi wants Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to do more than propose legislation to limit employment of foreigners
Briefly News previously reported that Aaron Motsoaledi, the Minister of Home Affairs, says the processes of proposed legislation that will limit the number of foreign nationals being employed in South Africa is already underway.
The minister says the proposed legislation will involve input from the International Labour Organisation.
Motsoaledi explains that international guidance is needed because the department does not want to be in contravention of the Constitution with the proposed legislation.
Source: Briefly News