Border management authority should be created - JCPS

2017-03-05 17:26

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Johannesburg - An integrated border management authority should be established to help with issues relating to foreigners in South Africa.

The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (JCPS) said this at a media briefing on Sunday.

In a statement, the cluster said it had noted recent concerns about problems including prostitution, drug trafficking, labour practices favouring migrants and "anti-immigrant sentiment".

"These impact on relations between South Africans and foreign nationals."

The cluster welcomed work done by the Home Affairs Minister and the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure.

"In this regard, joint business inspections were carried out with 56 business premises inspected, resulting in seven employers charged for employing undocumented migrants and 147 undocumented migrants were arrested," the cluster said.

It did not say when the inspections were carried out.

"Furthermore, most of the foreign owned shops inspected did not comply with the 60/40% ratio as they employ only foreign nationals in possession of asylum seeker permits."

The cluster reiterated the need to expedite certain matters including "establishing an integrated Border Management Authority to improve border management" and "ensuring compliance with laws and the SA Constitution by citizens and foreign nationals".

"The JCPS will ensure that matters are resolved to the satisfaction of the South African public," it said.
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