Home Affairs Minister Siyabonga Cwele on Sunday promised tough measures against those who had crossed the country’s borders illegally.
“As the ANC government we will deal with illegal and undocumented migrants in as far as it affects the security of the country. If you look at our manifesto, it says we will take tough measures against undocumented migrants involved in criminal activities here or cross-border Our commitment is there in protecting all the people living in South Africa against illegal activities,” he said.
Cwele is part of the ANC’s subcommittee on peace and security, which briefed the media on Sunday. His comments came in the wake of statements by Gauteng premier David Makhura last week that “specific nationalities are involved in some specific crimes: drugs, violent crimes and murders, including cash in transit heists”.
Makhura was subsequently accused in some quarters of xenophobia.