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Motsoaledi Calls for Action Against Those Who Knowingly Employ Illegal Foreigners

Source: The Citizen, 22/02/2024

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has advocated for stricter measures against business owners knowingly employing undocumented foreigners. During a stakeholder engagement and service delivery monitoring session in Gqeberha, Motsoaledi, along with Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane, called for sanctions such as imprisonment or fines for guilty employers.

The department had dispatched mobile Home Affairs trucks to assist citizens in obtaining their documents, responding to requests from the provincial government.

Motsoaledi suggested implementing by-laws to prevent businesses operated by those who employ undocumented foreigners. He also urged parents to register their children to avoid situations like that of Thabo Bester.

`Anyone who knowingly employs an illegal foreigner or a foreigner in violation of this act shall be guilty of an offence and liable, upon conviction, to a fine or imprisonment not exceeding one year. Additionally, a second conviction of such an offence shall be punishable by imprisonment not exceeding two years or a fine,` said Motsoaledi.

He confirmed collaboration between the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) and the Department of Small Business Development to tighten laws preventing undocumented foreigners from operating businesses.

Motsoaledi and Cogta Minister Thembi Nkadimeng co-hosted a workshop in October to address calls to shut down spaza shops owned by illegal foreigners, responding to rising cases of food poisoning among children.

Stakeholders agreed to joint inspections of businesses by various teams to enforce compliance with applicable laws. Additionally, audits of spaza shops in villages and townships were planned, along with mechanisms for registration with traditional leaders and municipalities.

The collaboration aimed to coordinate border law enforcement between the government, traditional and Khoi-San leaders, and the Border Management Authority (BMA) to keep records of foreign nationals in communities.

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