Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba demands that despite everything he needs to show up before the parliamentary portfolio advisory group on home affairs to express his case concerning why he supposes the office was failing on its constitutional obligations.
Johannesburg’s mayor said he attempted for three years to connect on the illegal immigration crisis confronting the city, however, Home Affairs and minister ignored him.
Mashaba said he had been talking with the Home Affairs throughout the years without progress. He kept in touch with the committee, Advocate Bongani Bongo, he requested a meeting to exhibit a report on the illegal and undocumented immigrants in Johannesburg.
“For almost three years, and five ministers of home affairs later, I have continuously attempted to engage the department and the ministers on the illegal immigration crisis facing Johannesburg. These efforts were made in total good faith and in the best interests of Johannesburg and its residents, sadly, for the most part, these efforts have been ignored outright,” Mashaba said.
“It has, therefore, become necessary to take up this crisis with parliament, in the hope that the Department of Home Affairs will finally be held unaccountable,” he said.
He questioned whether Johannesburg should continue to budget for the provision of services to its residents when it did not know who resided in the city. The city’s health department is unable to cope due to an inability to plan properly.
“The health department highlighted that between 15% and 39% of patients accessing the city’s clinics were undocumented immigrants in the city.”
Mashaba educated the committee that illegal immigration exacerbated the serious difficulties in the provision of basic services and temporary emergency accommodation (TEA) to residents. It was additionally expected to proactively budget plan and plan for settlement should occupants be a provision of basic services and temporary emergency accommodation (TEA) to residents.
As of late Johannesburg City accommodated more than 600 undocumented settlers from Tanzania at Wembley Stadium after a fire in the inner city, however, home affairs neglected to help by sending delegates to decide the legal status of the Tanzanian nationals or process their papers.
Johannesburg was likewise faced with the issue of fake products being sold in the downtown area, including merchandise esteemed at R18 million seized in November 2018. A week ago SAPS and metro police individuals were assaulted by foreign shop-owners during a raid for counterfeit items.
Bongo guaranteed on Tuesday that his committee would visit home affairs in Johannesburg and different regions from 26 August and to meet different partners about the circumstance.
“It is evident that the department is failing in its responsibility to ensure that people entering our country are processed and timeously provided with relevant documentation. Furthermore, allegations of corruption and bribery in the provision of immigration documents are aggravating this crisis,” Mashaba said.
He proposed that Home Affairs should get it together and guarantees that it identified and processed undocumented immigrants and where vital process legitimate documentation quickly.
He suggested that Home Affairs must clean up its act and ensures that it identified and processed undocumented immigrants and where necessary process legal documentation expeditiously.
“This will protect those who wish to legitimately enter our country from criminal elements, including slum lords and drug traffickers, who abuse their desperation and are able to evade the law.
“We cannot remain silent in the face of the breakdown of the rule of law in our country, and the rising human crisis. Ultimately, the casualties of the department’s inaction will be our poorest residents, and indeed, law-abiding foreign nationals,” he said.
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