Police Says Foreigners Must Carry Passports at All Times To Avoid Getting Arrested As Undocumented, SA Spilt

Police Says Foreigners Must Carry Passports at All Times To Avoid Getting Arrested As Undocumented, SA Spilt

  • The police have urged all foreigners to carry their passports with them at all times to avoid getting arrested
  • Foreigners were nabbed in Johannesburg after they failed to produce documentation during a police operation
  • Citizens reacted with varying opinions to the strict rule, with some saying it should have been implemented long ago

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The police said foreigners must carry passports at all times
Foreigners close to the Beitbridge border post. Image: Phill Magakoe
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JOHANNESBURG - The South African Police Service (SAPS) has warned all foreigners that they must always carry their passports with them.

This comes after 50 undocumented foreigners were arrested at a roadblock on Thursday during "Operation Okae Molao" in Fourways, Johannesburg, reported TimesLIVE.

SAPS Major General Mbuso Khumalo spoke to POWER 98.7 and said foreigners who fail to produce their passports during spot checks will be arrested for being undocumented. He also identified Fourways as a crime hotspot.

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Aaron Motsoaledi gives SAPS the go-ahead to check foreigners' documentation

The Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi said last year that the police have the right to ask foreigners for documentation randomly. According to News24, Motsoaledi cautioned SAPS against using discriminatory methods in verifying their status in the country.

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See the police arresting an undocumented Iranian doctor in the video below:

SA citizens discuss the passport rule on social media

Ciah Mapolisa said:

"They must do so that our SAPS will have a lot of bribe money."

Mollelwa Mocat wrote:

"It doesn't make sense, South Africans who look like foreigners they're in trouble."

Margi Oconnor posted:

"Here we go again. Apartheid here we come again."

Marshall Motlanthe asked:

"Thabo Bester was arrested becuase he was an illegal foreigner in Tanzania, why can't we do the same in SA vele?"

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Thabo Kuntash Letsoalo asked:

"Why hasn't this rule been implemented along time ago?"

Nhlanhla S Ntuli mentioned:

"You don't forget your phone, I don't think caring a Passport is difficult...mine is always in my side bag but I am south African."

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Briefly News reported that more interesting and disturbing details about Thabo Bester's elaborate prison escape continue to come to light.

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