Thursday, 29 November 2018

Motion without notice read in the National Assembly on the effects of uncontrolled immigration to SA

Internal Ref Number:
Securing our Borders

I hereby move, on behalf of the Democratic Alliance, that this House:

1.      notes that the former Minister in the Presidency, Mr. Jeff Radebe, reported to Parliament's Ad Hoc Committee Probing Violence Against Foreign Nationals in November 2015, that the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Migration estimated that there were between five (5) and six (6) million documented and undocumented foreign nationals in South Africa, or 10% of the population;

2.      further notes that studies by the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation found that up to 75% of spaza shops in Delft in Cape Town and Ivory Park in Johannesburg were owned or run by foreign nationals;

3.      recognises that the retail sector in our townships and rural areas has been dramatically affected as a result, leading to anger and resentment among former South African spaza shop owners; 

4.      acknowledges the periodic outbreaks of violence against foreign nationals since 2008 resulting from this anger, most recently in Soweto in August this year;

5.      and calls upon Government to accelerate the plan of action outlined in the Ad Hoc Committee's final report which includes securing our borders, professionalising our police service and improving access to jobs and small business development, so that long term solutions can be found that eliminate outbreaks of violence and lead to a thriving locally owned retail sector once again.

I so move.

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