Clan calls for foreigners to be kept out

2015-05-07 06:00


Leaders of the provincial AmaXesibe Traditional Council are calling on the government to look into immigration security. From left is Veleleni Jongile, Chief Mali Hoza, Zolile Feni and Freeman Nojawolo. 

PHOTO: 
Mandla MAhashe

Leaders of the provincial AmaXesibe Traditional Council are calling on the government to look into immigration security. From left is Veleleni Jongile, Chief Mali Hoza, Zolile Feni and Freeman Nojawolo. PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

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The provincial AmaXesibe Traditional Council has urged government to take the recent xenophobic attacks as a wake-up call.

In a press conference held at its regional offices at the Lingelethu Buildings in Site C the council called out to government to strengthen border controls.

“It must be noted by government that the ordinary citizen in South Afrioca is haemorrhaging, groaning from pain of seeing the systematic invasion of their land through this influx into the country based on their legitimate and illegitimate reasons,” said the councils spokesperson Zolile Feni.

He said that the Amaxesibe Traditional Council and its Royal House condemned the attacks and said that they were against the violence that broke out in parts of the country.

“The chiefs of the AmaXesibe Traditional House view these attacks on our fellow brothers and sisters as acts of barbarism and thuggery.

“They are condemning them vehemently in strongest possible terms,” Feni said.

The council under the leadership of Chief Mali Hoza said that it is prepared to partner with government in the fight against xenophobia but warned that this will be hard if invasion problem is not addressed.

“Our borders are not properly manned and there needs to be some strong control measures put in place to bring to an end the heavy influx of illegal immigrants irrespective of colour or religion,” said Feni.

He said that a refugee camp system should be considered as a control method.

“Indeed, it is true that a transit camp must be put under serious consideration into which every illegal immigrant should be received for the purpose of screening, sifting and granting of permits on merit.

We love our fellow African brothers and sisters and we are mindful of the fact that they belong in the same continent and are facing difficulties and we believed that they should be treated with respect and dignity.

We however also believe that the hard earned freedom of South African should also be protected and should not be treated as outcasts in their country,” Feni noted.

The council will hold an interministerial meeting with government on 28 May where they will reveal their plan of action against social ills in which xenophobia is a key component

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