[Stop-traffic] News/S.Africa: Call to expose illegal aliens

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/S.Africa: Call to expose illegal aliens
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Sep 26 2000 - 10:32:42 EDT


Call to expose illegal aliens
Daily Dispatch (South Africa), September 22, 2000

CAPE TOWN -- Home Affairs Minister Mangosuthu Buthelezi yesterday called on
people to report illegal immigrants.

Buthelezi said: ''If they are good patriots, I would hope that they would
know that it is in their interests to report (illegal immigrants).''

The minister said illegal immigrants could access all the services that
were available to South African citizens and ''bearing in mind the limited
resources it is obviously in the interests of South Africans to report
illegal immigrants''.

He was unable to state just how many illegal immigrants there were in the
country, but said that the majority were from Mozambique, Lesotho and
Zimbabwe.

Because of lack of funds, it was very difficult to keep track of the numbers.

Buthelezi said the current ''unprecedented flow'' of foreigners into South
Africa required suitable strategies and systems to manage the situation.

It was clear the present system of migration control could not meet the
current pressures and future challenges and needed to be ''fundamentally
reformed''.

''This reform must shape a new legislative system of admission criteria as
well as a new structure capable of enforcing the law and developing
detailed policies that over time meet the ever-changing needs of our
society.''

In the meantime, he said, the department would consider interim measures to
address pressing problems such as international trafficking in women and
children and the smuggling of migrants.
Melanie Orhant
Stop-Traffic Moderator

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