SOUTH AFRICA: MAYOR HERMAN MASHABA COMMENT ABOUT ILLEGAL MIGRANTS
Different migrant community leaders, civil society organizations and concerned South African citizens met on Tuesday 6th December at 11h00 to discuss Mayor Herman Mashaba reckless comments about « illegal migrants ». They agree that these comments are dangerous, hostile and undesirable given previous incidences of xenophobia. The participants then decided to assemble tomorrow Friday 9th December at 11h00 at the metro-center nearest mayor Herman Mashaba office to handover a memorandum of grievances to the Mayor for his comments. All are invited to this important gathering to stop xenophobia and to call for integration.
The real reason is that,Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba has reiterated and defended his statements that foreign nationals who are in Johannesburg without documentation are linked to criminal activity in the city. His renewed comments come after he was heavily criticized for making similar utterances at his 100 days in office speech, where he was denounced for being xenophobic.He blame the government for crime in Johannesburg, saying that they had been ineffective in implementing law and order. The mayor has not yet produced evidence that support his claim of foreign national being linked to criminal activity.
Home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba said on Monday 5th of December that he would meet with the mayor of the city of Johannesburg Mashaba to explain government policy and management of international migration. Malusi Gigaba warned that public official should refrain from making comment that incite the public “to adopt xenophobic attitudes”. Mashaba said: “Unfortunately, we are demanded, for us to be able to move those people out, we have got to find them accommodation a 5 km radius from where currently have found them”.