‘WE ARE foreigners and we are proud!” These were the words of about 50 foreign nationals who protested outside Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba’s offices in Braamfontein on Monday.
The group, led by the African Diaspora Forum, called on Mashaba to retract his “reckless comments about illegal migrants”.
Earlier this month, Mashaba caused a stir when he said illegal immigrants were linked to criminal activity in the city and called for their deportation.
Marc Gbaffou, chairperson of the forum, said: “This is not the way to solve the problems in your city. Not all migrants are criminals; crime doesn’t have a nationality, so we ask that you please stop stereotyping.
“We ask the mayor: retract your statements about migrants and rather use your words to unite the people.”