According to a statement released by the ministry of Home affairs regarding a commnet made by Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba about calling foreign nationals criminals. The ministers said in the statement that he would be seating sitting with the mayor so as to educate him on how these things works;
“Minister Gigaba views the comments as unfortunate and will brief the mayor on government’s policy and interventions in relation to the management of international migration. The minister has repeatedly called on all leaders irrespective of their political allegiance to desist from making statements that could influence the public to adopt xenophobic attitudes‚” the statement read.
The mayor during a media briefing last week, which marked his 100 days in office, called on illegal immigrants to leave his city‚ telling a media conference that they got here criminally and should be treated as such.
“You see‚ for me‚ when I call these criminals ‘criminals’‚ I want them to understand that they are criminals‚” Mashaba said.
“They are holding our country to ransom and I am going to be the last South African to allow it.”
“But in the meantime I have already started engaging embassies in our country for them to know their residents in our city are here criminally‚” Mashaba said.
However the minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba wants to get to the bottom of the views expressed by the mayor of the country’s economic hub.
“All of us have the responsibility to act in a manner that does not incite any hatred towards other fellow human beings irrespective of where they come from. I will seek a meeting with the Mayor precisely to brief him on a number of interventions that government has implemented in this regard‚” said Gigaba.