Call it xenophobic, but Jo’burg Mayor is still bent on ensuring that illegal immigrants leave his city.
Reporting on his 100 days in office, Jo’burg mayor, Herman Mashaba, registered his problem with illegal immigrants, stressing the criminality surrounding their entrance into the city and SA at large.
According to the mayor, turning a blind eye to the rate and criminal manner of entering the city will affect the general welfare of the city on the long run.
“We cannot tolerate a situation in our city where there is a breakdown of the rule of law [and] that’s why we need to reclaim the City back for our people.”
“How can I regret for asking for national government intervention to ensure that we have the rule of law that I’m asking the national community that the City of Johannesburg is open for business?”
“But however‚ I’m asking anyone wanting to come to South Africa‚ please ensure that you come into our country legally.”
Speaking at a press briefing in Pretoria on Tuesday, the Mayor shared his concerns over the rate of illegal immigration as it affects crime rate and the living conditions in Jo’burg.
“The City of Johannesburg is sitting with challenges of high unemployment‚ deplorable living conditions of our people and high crime rate.
“The numbers are staggering and the numbers are increasing on a daily basis and until such time that we can intervene‚ this situation will one day get out of control where as a City‚ will be a failed state.”
Mashaba says there are about 115‚000 illegal immigrants living in the inner city of Johannesburg. He says that the major problem is having many undocumented immigrants in the city. He also accuses dubious South Africans of contributing to the situation.
Jo’burg Mayor urges the government to step and secure their borders. Meanwhile he will be doing his part ensuring that illegal immigrants vacate the city of gold.