The Lindela holding facility on the West Rand. Picture: African News Agency (ANA)
The Lindela holding facility on the West Rand. Picture: African News Agency (ANA)

MPs to scrap some contracts at Lindela facility after illegal migrants escape

By Siyabonga Mkhwanazi Time of article published May 11, 2020

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Johannesburg – MPs have indicated some of the contracts at the Lindela facility on the West Rand will be scrapped.

This follows an oversight visit of the portfolio committee on home affairs on Monday, where MPs got a first-hand account on the situation at the facility after 37 illegal migrants escaped last week.

Chairperson of the committee Bongani Bongo said hundreds of illegal immigrants will be sent back home. This comes after 900 people were deported to Mozambique, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

Bongo said they would not allow any security breaches at any state facility and Lindela would also soon be under the hands of the government.

He said after 900 people were deported, another group of 500 illegal immigrants will be sent back to their home countries.

Bongo said the department of health has also supplied personal protective equipment at the facility because they were concerned about social distancing.

“We had advised a long time ago that the facility must be bought by government. The issues reported last week (on the escapes) were reported to the police,” said Bongo.

“We want the tightening of the legal contractual agreements,” he said.

He said some of the contracts with the private security firms will be cancelled. One security company had a dispute with its employees.

Political Bureau

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