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1999

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

INFLUX OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS

RELEASE ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK as ACTING NATIONAL SECRETARY

The SA National Defence Force reported yesterday that it had arrested 16 628 illegal immigrants since January 1. Considering that the SANDF has often complained of being allotted too few men and resources to do its job properly, the rate of illegal immigration must be astounding. The estimated number of those already living and working illegally within our country is anywhere between 3 and 8 million. With so many South Africans unable to find a job of their own, controlling this influx of aliens should be a top government priority.

These figures indicate that not only is the ANC government unable to create jobs for its citizens, it is also unable to protect them from the unfair competition of illegal workers. The UDM demands that more resources be allocated to the control of South Africa’s borders and that our foreign policies with the countries of Southern Africa be re-examined. South Africa must do its utmost to help stabilise and develop its neighbouring countries, both socially and economically.  

Enquiries: 
Ms Annelizé van Wyk
Acting National Secretary

14 April, 1999

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