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Complete overhaul needed’, says Motsoaledi on SA’s immigration system

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Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says an entire overhaul is required relating to South Africa’s immigration system.

Delivering the Division of House Affairs’ price range throughout Parliament’s mini plenary vote assembly on Tuesday, Motsoaledi labelled the nation’s immigration points as an “elephant within the room”.

“I don’t have to stipulate what’s happening on in our nation about this drawback. It’s a disaster that we’re properly conscious of, nevertheless, if I had been to begin to define what we have to do, it is going to want its personal price range speech,” he mentioned.

“[We have decided on] an entire overhaul of the immigration system of the nation. I can guarantee you that work on this regard has properly began and we are going to quickly unveil it,” the minister added.

Motsoaledi revealed that the implementation of the newly established Border Administration Authority was underway, including that 200 border guards have been recruited.

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The minister mentioned House Affairs’ counter corruption unit, which consists of 13 members, has been making important progress to fight unlawful actions.

“It’s a sworn statement of why we’d like an entire overhaul of the immigration system in South Africa. Within the coming weeks, we are going to proceed to arrest increasingly more folks, each overseas nationals and South Africans concerned in passports fraud and different types of identification theft in addition to corruption.”

He additionally mentioned South Africans have been reporting the place fraudulent and corrupt actions have been happening throughout the nation each day.

“We’re hitting the decision, we’re going there, we’re investigating and we’re making progress,” the minister mentioned.

Greater than 25 suspects had been arrested in March for alleged fraud, corruption, contravention of the Immigration Act and possession of suspected fraudulent paperwork.

The suspects had been arrested on the House Affairs workplace in Krugersdorp, following intelligence obtained relating to the fraudulent passport allegations countrywide.

In keeping with Motsoaledi, the arrested kingpin and his syndicate had been working in South Africa’s six provinces, excluding the Northern Cape, Free State and North West.

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The rip-off was allegedly largely performed by Pakistani and Somali residents.

Because the begin of the yr, Operation Dudula has been focusing on unlawful and undocumented migrants in areas with a excessive density of foreigners in South Africa.

The motion, led by Nhlanhla “Lux” Dlamini, has been accused of stoking xenophobic sentiments over its claims that unlawful immigrants are behind the nation’s excessive unemployment fee and crime ranges.

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