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Ramaphosa: Attacking Foreigners Is Not Patriotism... It Is Immoral, Racist And Criminal

Ramaphosa: Attacking Foreigners Is Not Patriotism... It Is Immoral, Racist And Criminal

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned vigilantes in his country for demanding that foreign nationals produce identification.

In a letter to South Africans, Ramaphosa reminded his compatriots that only a police member or immigration officer can ask for identity documents.

This comes after a Zimbabwean national, Elvis Nyathi, was brutally murdered by a mob in Diepsloot, Johannesburg on Wednesday last week after he failed to produce identity documents.

Anti-immigrant activists under Operation Dudula have also been moving door-to-door in several parts of South Africa kicking undocumented foreigners out of their homes.

Ramaphosa assured South Africans that his government was prioritising the enforcement of migration legislation. Part of his letter read:

No private citizen may assume the role of immigration or law enforcement authorities by demanding that foreign nationals produce identification.

Under Section 41 of the Immigration Act, only a police member or immigration officer can ask someone to identify themselves as a citizen, permanent resident or foreign national.

If these officers believe, on reasonable grounds, that the person is in the country unlawfully, they may be detained while an investigation into their status is conducted.

When doing so, law enforcement authorities must respect that personÔÇÖs rights and dignity. They may not do so in a manner that is degrading or humiliating.

Enforcement of migration legislation is a priority for the government. We are working to ensure that syndicates perpetrating immigration fraud in collusion with corrupt officials are brought to book. This year alone, several people implicated in passport fraud have been arrested.

No private citizen or group has the right to enter businesses and demand its owners produce proof that their businesses are registered or legal.

This is the competence of municipal, provincial or national authorities, including inspectors from the Department of Employment and Labour and the South African Revenue Service.

Like all other businesses, foreign-owned businesses must obey the relevant laws, including health and safety regulations, have all the required permits and licences, and pay the necessary taxes.

We are a democracy founded on the rule of law. Acts of lawlessness directed at foreign nationals, whether they are documented or undocumented, cannot be tolerated.

Attacking those we suspect of wrongdoing merely because they are foreign nationals is not an act of patriotism.

It is immoral, racist and criminal. In the end, it will lead to xenophobia, whose consequences we have lived through in previous years.

We do not want to go back there because in the main the people of South Africa are not xenophobic.

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14 Comments

Jah­čç┐­čç╝Tsvarie-07 1┬ámonth ago

If they kill a shona ndopavachaona kuti life is a movie, Ngozi yacho inodudula musha wese zvekuti Corona i boys diki iyo ­čśé
BUHERA­čç┐­čç╝07 musha wengozi


THE FIEND 1 month ago

Mark my words, soon there will be a clash of foreigners and the Dudula operation vigilant group and there will be a blood bath.. I know Mzanzi.


vodet 1 month ago

bamnin ramaphosa snt jus press conference things

on ground the situation is different

dudula opened another branch in durban under your watch

really with all your power u are telling us u cant stop this mafia from their hinaneous act


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Machiavelli 1 month ago

factos and cervix your pronouncements have no basis. What proof is there that President Ramaphosa is behind xenophobia? Nothing.

Nhlanhla has been taken to court and charged. What more do you want? A kangaroo court? Get real you guys


Machiavelli 1 month ago

@voty, you assume that the justice system in RSA is similar to the compromised system in Zimbabwe.

Wake up and smell the coffee

Machiavelli 1 month ago

AGGRAMATOI IDi0TI

voty 1 month ago

machiavelli to b out on bail is the same as being released ciz u will be commiting more violence,interfering with witneses,eat anything,free to have press conferences

Ramaphosa sponsored dudula period

nhlanjla will b waiting for a full trial but he had never been on court hearing

an instruction was passed by the magistrrit that he had to go home

magisttite afraid of being victimised by this mafia ko vanogara nekurara kudare here

Machiavelli 1 month ago

Lux Nhlanhla is out on bail.
Not released. please don't misinform people

ferix 1 month ago

nhlanhla had been released from court course the state instructed hithe courts to do so coz of pressure

he is visibly seen wearing a paramilitary attire paper spraying ppl in joburg mall
most foreighners left their shops unlatched running away from nhkanhka
all thise videos were briught to court with a immigranymt advocate but non were played

fervix 1 month ago

ramaphosa is the one sponsoring this vigilance terrorist

they is no excuse for that

ifs he failing to bring Nhlanhla to book
the men in question had brought civil u rest in SA


factos 1 month ago

we all know that behind the scenes you support operation dudula you ramaphosa

you are a wolf in sheep clothing


Machiavelli 1 month ago

Now that is Leadership for you.
Not zvedu izvi
Compare this statement with Mutsvangwa's verbal Diarrhoea


Chawabvunza 1 month ago

His Excellency President CYRIL RAMAPHOSA is now speaking like an African President. Vigilantes must be arrested and completely diestroyed. They tarnish the immage of South Africa.This is what our President His Excellency ED MNANGAGWA should do to political hooligans who harass, assault or kill people like they killed MBONISI NCUBE in KWEKWE. If a President keeps quiet, he is giving blassengs to the perpetrators of that crime.What now remains is for President RAMAPHOSA to send in security agents to flash out the vigilantes from the society.


NO TO INHUMANITY 1 month ago

He should take a step by bringing this so called Lux to justice



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