Improve border control - FF Plus
Cape Town - The high number of foreigners in South African jails were cause for the government to tighten its borders, notably those with neighbouring Zimbabwe and Mozambique, the Freedom Front Plus said on Wednesday.
The opposition party made the call after Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said in response to a parliamentary question that there were 595 foreigners serving murder sentences in South African prisons, while 1 359 were held for robbery with aggravating circumstances and 431 for rape.
In August last year, the minister said in reply to another question that there were 8 580 foreigners held in jails here. Of these, 3 712 were Zimbabwean and 2 337 were Mozambican.
Said FF Plus spokesperson Pieter Groenewald: "The figures are proof that border control, especially with Zimbabwe and Mozambique, should be improved and enforced more strictly.
"The attempts of home affairs to get documentation of especially Zimbabweans in order or else be deported should be applied in practice."