Deportation has no colour - home affairs

2011-07-21 15:23

Pretoria - Black Africans were not the only people targeted for deportation, the home affairs department said on Thursday.

"That's not true, we target all nationals found to be without legal documentation, whether black or white, they are arrested and deported," said deputy director-general Jackie McKay, to a question at a media briefing in Pretoria.

McKay highlighted that while most immigrants in the country were from Southern African Development Community countries, that did not mean European or Asian illegal immigrants were overlooked.

Those deported excluded Zimbabwean nationals who were given special dispensation and moratorium on deportations, a process ending in just a week.

It has been two years since government stopped the deportation of Zimbabweans pending their legalisation process.

Permits for Zimbabweans

Last year, government called on all Zimbabweans in possession of fraudulent South African IDs to return them to home affairs with the assurance they would not be prosecuted.

According to the department's statistics, there are approximately 1.5m Zimbabweans in the country. However, the December 31, 2010 deadline saw only 275 762 registering to legalise their residency. Of those 133 810 had been issued.

The department still had 273 514 applications to adjudicate and 2 248 which were still pending.

Earlier this year, the number of rejected applications was just over 100 000. The high number forced the department to review them.

McKay said the "reduced requirements" could mean at least 99% of Zimbabweans would be issued with permits.

Any Zimbabwean, or other nationalities for that matter, found to be without proper documentation after the July cut-off date, would be deported, McKay said.

Some Zimbabweans have gone as far as sleeping outside refugee offices in order to be assisted. Many have expressed concern that they may not have their permits by that time.

McKay said the department would finalise all outstanding matters in August. This would also allow sufficient time to dispatch all permits.

  • MandlaSithole - 2011-07-21 15:29

    This problem is so big & sensetive in this country I can't help but hear the Human Rights Violation bell start to ring.

      K_za - 2011-07-21 15:52

      Well it's not ringing very loudly for all the farmers being murdered. So don't expect much.

      Michael - 2011-07-21 16:01

      @K_za, since when were farm workers classified as farmers? Or you turn a blind eye to their killing?

      Hux - 2011-07-21 16:36

      @ Michael. K_za does not say farm workers are classified as farmers. However they are generally included in farm murders.All totally unacceptable and problem ignored by the Gov.

      baasdingane - 2011-07-21 17:03

      Ah-wha, Dont worry ama-home affairs - Most of the whites people and a few educated blacks have voluntarily deported themselves to Australia, Britain, USA and Canada etc etc.

      Muna - 2011-08-01 21:23

      Again I state the obvious: THIS GOVERNMENT IS CREATING MORE BLACK AND WHITE RACISTS than this country ever had before.

  • Kevin King - 2011-07-21 15:30

    How do they know who is being deported? Do they keep records? Ok so where are the numbers???

      Darter - 2011-07-21 15:33

      Relax dude....

      Gorilla - 2011-07-21 15:53

      It's coming - Quotas on Deportations.

  • Tshepo - 2011-07-21 15:34

    can we export hilbrow back to nigeria please???

      TBOOZE - 2011-07-21 15:38

      im sure they wont even go there because they too scared of these Nigerians

      Vernon - 2011-07-21 15:47

      together with Durbans Point

      Vusi - 2011-07-21 16:47

      i really agree Tshepo Joburg is now the place of foreigners and this is where all kind of crime happen. Joburg is a living hell. Something must be done..Vusi Ngwenya

      Ogunsipe - 2011-07-22 02:15

      Wake up and realize that Nigerians (who now occupy senior scientific and business positions) have done more to advance this country in 15 years than you indigenous lot have done in 2000 years.

      miya7 - 2011-07-22 09:15

      tsepo yu were adpbted by malan leave my broz what about the whiteswho areall over the streeet in like in Durban...white mind

      Liberal Girl - 2011-07-22 10:16

      Dont Forget Bellville that is now Bellgeria

      NATO OFFICE - 2011-07-22 14:25

      people living in those hot zones have proper and valid documentation straight from Home Affairs..u cant deport them dude

  • HumanKind - 2011-07-21 15:34

    You idiot. Yes, I agree that colour should not be the criteria, but the majority of these illegals ARE BLACK AFRICANS

      Vernon - 2011-07-21 15:44


      Mnr. Smith - 2011-07-21 15:44

      What sane white person would enter South Africa illegaly? RSA might be a haven for foreign blacks, but it's no option for foreign whites. I'm sure less then 0.1% of illegal foreigners are white.

      Azizi - 2011-07-21 15:46

      HumanKind who asked the question??? Worried about the commies????

      Upscale - 2011-07-21 16:00

      The only problem is that they dont stop cars and ask for papers as they do those on foot.Home affairs also target areas like Jeppe street and central Joburg where they know no white person will be found walking. I guess they just have to look at their records and flash out the whites applying under the dubious "spouse permit"There are so many of them and also presenting forged papers about finding work with no qualification at all.Go to the expat forums and see how much they are scheming!Once they get the dubious permits, they are on other forums talking about unskilled black this and that and "we are paying taxes". Had it not been for their forefathers' privileges.. really, they would be wallowing in poverty and filling up Lendela repartriation camp fast!

      tamza - 2011-07-21 16:11

      you idiot im a black zimbabwean but i happen to be more african than you,you are enjoying all you have because of apartheid..............if you are white and claim to be african you have an identuty crisis

      johanscheepers - 2011-07-21 16:22

      my american wife, her sister and and both my parents in law live here. And they LOVE africa!

      Wayne - 2011-07-21 16:31

      @tamza - Who cares? You are black and I'm white. I enjoy it cause I worked for it, you came here after you voted for the Zanu-PF and chased all the white people away so why come steal our people's job? Go back from where you came and live the life that you voted for.

      Wayne - 2011-07-21 16:32

      @tamza - Oh and apartheid gave me nothing, I worked it for it you dumb twat

      SushiCat2011 - 2011-07-21 16:36

      @ Tamza: so if you're born in China you are Chinese; if you are born in America you're American but if you are born in Africa and you happen to be white you are NOT African? Then what are you? A walking identity crisis?

      cromagnon - 2011-07-21 16:59

      @tamza - Zimbabweans messed up their country, please dont mess up ours.

      HumanKind - 2011-07-22 08:01

      Tamza, as a BLACK ZIMBABWEAN, you have a lot to be proud if. Your country is flourishimg, you leader Mugabe is of the best, plenty food in all African countries, and last but not least, the computer you are using is probably stolen. Well done, but one question, if you are proudly African, then keep quiet about it. It's not something that many people will want to "shout from the rooftops"

  • TBOOZE - 2011-07-21 15:37

    this should be interesting , next day they'll be back here

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-07-21 15:41

    Illegal immigrants should be deported. All of them. And our borders sealed and properly patrolled like they were under apartheid. These immigrants are placing too much of a strain on our resources.

  • TGSA - 2011-07-21 15:45

    Always an 'interesting' discussion about DEPORTING and ILLEGALS and all that. But has any of you ever experienced the stress one has to go through at Home Affairs to stay in this country LEGALLY (paying tax, being law-abiding and all that!)? I can tell you, it is not a 'fun' experience, to put it mildly! And it takes forever too!

      Purple LeMoo - 2011-07-21 16:07

      Most South-Africans visit Home Affairs one time or another, pay taxes, being law-abiding and all that. It is stressful, annoying, boring and takes forever… but your point is? Or are you trying to be sarcastic? I am just asking?

      Nico - 2011-07-22 00:31

      I can just think how frustrating it is to deal with Home Affairs renewing a work permit or visa etc.

  • kolobe - 2011-07-21 15:58

    zimbos must frankly go back and fix their problems, when townships were burning only political leaders went for exile and not half the black population. our nigerian brothers must be the 1st to face deportation, churches are the only thing legal they are involved in

      Upscale - 2011-07-22 08:30

      Its like asking the Jews to back and fix their problems with Hitler or the Serbians to fix their problems with Milosovic. Surely stone throwing wouldnt dislodge a well equiped apartheid machinery. You forget what was the front line states, the OAU, and United nation pilling pressure to secure your freedom. These are the same people you now hate?

  • Rungano - 2011-07-21 16:09

    They deport us and leave us at Beitbridge border say in the morning, by 8pm we will be back in SA again in the bushes. They should try executing us becoz we cannot go back and face hunger in Zim. SA has the money to throw in a bottomless pit, the same people they deport are probably the same people they will deport after a day or so at the tax payers expense.

      Purple LeMoo - 2011-07-21 16:25

      I really wanted to post a somewhat scathing remark to this post, but there really is no point in doing so. It is sufficient to say that SA isn’t a bottomless pit of money.

      patch - 2011-07-21 16:34

      Rather have you in the bushes at Beit Bridge than in our hospitals, using up our resources. The cost of a bus over the border is the least expensive option compared to what's going on right now. Go home, and sort out your own country. Give us somewhere to run to when this place goes into the stink... I'm just saying...

  • patrickb - 2011-07-21 16:10

    I don't get it. Why do we have 1.5 million Zimbabwean people living in SA. Mugabe is such a hero, and just about nationalized everything he can in Zim. Why the hell have they come here? Definition of African Thinking: "making the same mistake over and over, hoping for a different result".

  • Made_In_SA - 2011-07-21 16:10

    Yeah go humour me and give me the demographics so I can judge the merits of this brilliant revelation..

  • Rungano - 2011-07-21 16:13

    @TGSA i can understand your frustration but i have found my experience with SARS much worse than home affairs!!

  • patch - 2011-07-21 16:31

    I'm sick of my taxes paying for foreign nationals' medical expenditure. Not while we have so many of our own problems to sort out. Until they contribute to our economy, cheers. It's been nice paying for you. Holiday over.

      Mugabe - 2011-07-21 16:59

      foreignors also pay taxes, so no1 uses yor taxes

      Sailor - 2011-07-21 17:45

      I am foreigner and you do not pay for me. I am willing to bet i am paying for you. Whats your point mnr, a country is build by people who generate and spend their revenue hopefully in a legal way. The way you guys blame everybody else for the crime in this country is amazing. One would be led to believe that under Apartheid, crime, murder and rape were definitely 0%. Get a life SA. The problems you complain about are not imported, rather they tell about a fragmented society with no common or national aspirations ie greedy and selfish populace. If you cannot acknowledge this, you cannot resolve them and hey presto - another African banana republic - but of course you will find somebody to blame for that too.

      miya7 - 2011-07-22 09:42

      sit down patchyyyyyyyy

  • Hux - 2011-07-21 16:37

    How about quotas on murders!

  • biskit - 2011-07-21 16:38

    hahaha yeah right home affairs gonna get permits and ID Documents on all outstanding matters in August!! Which year August 2020?

  • julie.khan3 - 2011-07-21 16:40

    Do u watch Border Force United Kingdom? Those officers accept no Bribe.. They bundle them immediately in the van,ready to be deported. Seems,things are "very easy"in S.A

  • motsokwane - 2011-07-21 17:11

    That sound like the Government for the people now.If you are short staffed consider my free volunteering,please hurry up we want to remove all battler doors and battler windows.

  • Nic - 2011-07-22 04:49

    Don't 4get that everything BLACK is bad and everything WHITE is good.... All the blackmail, blackcat and the white wedding, white christmas, but I must agree some Nigerians and Zims are doing well in SA has advanced the country......take a look at the mechanics in Pretoria next to AutoZone? Majority are Zims and are helping poor South Africans to fix their cars, as they can't afford the McCarthys, the Leo Haese etc. Where are black South Africans?

      Blessing - 2011-07-23 13:15

      nick you know what? this poor people no nothing zim are the most talented people here in S.A most of them are so iliterate, what they know is strike, money and beer.most zimbabwean are driving good cars why? Because they're educated and have top jobs.I don't really see those who hate foregners as they know life.

  • whitey - 2011-07-22 07:02

    And how many non-Africans are exposed to the dehumanasing conditions at Lindela holding camp? Zims were given the opportunity to fix their status but alarge chunk didnt take the opportunity - deport them but be fair.

  • Iamwhy - 2011-07-22 08:40

    The headline reads "Deportation has no colour". She was answering a question. What was the question? That's as far as the headline got. The rest of this article has no relevance to the headline.

  • miya7 - 2011-07-22 09:12

    mr editor this is a white lie.the will be not single white that will be deported becouse my black brothers ar foreigners and the whites are visitors.........mentaly slavery......plz leave my brothers were should they go american so that yu call them african americans but no american african....mentaly for african

  • info - 2011-07-22 11:06

    Government has no brains.

  • malemaforever - 2011-07-22 13:54

    After deporting Black African, what next!!! Watch out white forks. you will be the ones to be chased out

      Riaan - 2011-07-22 14:35

      That means you'll be deported first. Jippee

  • Ashoka - 2011-07-22 17:15

    In the old days, we used to say: "Durbanites Go Home", but now it seems we have to shout harder and add: "Indians, Pakistanis, and Bangladeshis Go Home!" Really, I wish ALL of them would go back where they came from.

  • Afrika - 2011-08-02 09:19

    The vast majority of African immigrants are productive contributors to our economy; it is shocking to read the bigoted comments about our brothers and sisters on this page. I am deeply saddened.

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