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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

ZIM WORKERSí SAGA FAULT OF HOME AFFAIRS

STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZ… VAN WYK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON HOME AFFAIRS

The department of Home Affairsí newfound concern with regards to Zimbabwean farm workers  in South Africa, and the departmentís legal battles with the farmers in the Northern Province highlights the state of havoc in the Department. 

In reply to a parliamentary question earlier this year to the Minister of Home Affairs the UDM asked whether the Minister was putting in place any contingent measures to cope with the possible influx of Zimbabweans. To this the Minister replied that they did not foresee such an influx and thus were not obliged to act. The problems with illegal immigrants are not new and the Department has fumbled the issue continuously for many years. The Departmentís inability to deal with illegal immigrants effectively contributes directly to increased xenophobia amongst South Africans.

The UDM calls on the Department of Home Affairs to solve this current saga through constructive engagement with the farmers and farm workers. The UDM also urges the ANC government to view this situation as an indication of the seriousness and urgency of speedy processing of the Migration Bill, as we cannot tolerate further delays, which threatens SAís economic and political future. 

Enquiries:
Ms Khosi Mcendane
UDEMWO General Secretary


Pretoria
17 October 2001

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