Monday, November 16, 2009

Illegal Immigrants – Is anyone counting?

In May 2009, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, one of the government’s chief military strategists, who underwent Communist/Marxist military training in Angola and the USSR in 1984, announced that it was no longer necessary for Zimbabweans to apply and pay for visas before travelling to South Africa. Instead, she welcomed them to apply for a FREE 90-day visitor's permit at the border. See my previous posting in this regard: A strategy to suffocate minority groups.

Well, guess what happened soon after that announcement?

Millions of illegal immigrants swarmed into the land of milk and honey, and no one bothered to count the numbers!

On 10 May 2009, a few days after the announcement was made, Ms Mapisa-Nqakula was appointed as Minister of Correctional Services, and President Jacob Zuma decided to give his ex-wife the vacant job at the Ministry of Home Affairs. That’s how this government works here in this country! Keep it in the family – even if they are ex-family!

During a parliamentary media briefing last week, Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was asked a simple question: --- “Can you give us an estimate of the number of people illegally living and working in South Africa?” She replied: "I don't know. If somebody's here illegally, how do I know they are here? I do not know, that's an honest answer." FOR CRYING OUT ALLOWED, she couldn’t even give an estimate, 1 Million, 3 Million, --- or maybe 6 Million?

The Department of Home Affairs has no idea how many illegal immigrants are in South Africa.

Responding to a question at a parliamentary media briefing on Thursday, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said providing such a figure was "difficult".

Asked to give her department's latest estimate of the number of people illegally living and working in South Africa, she replied: "I don't know. If somebody's here illegally, how do I know they are here? I do not know, that's an honest answer."

The South African Police Service, in its 2008/09 annual report, said there could be as many as six million "undocumented" foreigners in the country.

"According to various estimates, the number of undocumented immigrants in South Africa may vary between three and six million people," according to the report.

The police go on to say most of these illegal immigrants "may belong to the economically-active age group, as well as the high crime-risk age group".

Asked to confirm whether her department had "absolutely no estimate" of the number of illegal immigrants, Dlamini-Zuma said the only figures she could offer were those of asylum seekers.

"What I can tell you is that [last year] there were about 110 000 applications for asylum. Only 10 000 were agreed to as genuine asylum seekers and those were then given refugee status.

"The rest would have had to leave by either deportation or voluntary ... But as for those who don't turn up at our offices, either as asylum seekers or permit seekers or anything, it's very difficult that I can give you a figure for that," Dlamini-Zuma said.

According to the South Africa Year Book -- a Government Communication and Information System publication -- her department's immigration branch is responsible for "tracing and removing foreigners who are considered undesirable or who are in South Africa illegally".

- Sapa


See also -- Related Posts:

Dark Africa has Arrived

A Strategy to Suffocate Minority Groups

Thrashing the White African Heritage


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