No truth to de­por­ta­tion claims: DHA

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - ILANIT CHERNICK

THE Depart­ment of Home Af­fairs (DHA) has dis­pelled ru­mours al­leg­ing it has or­dered im­me­di­ate de­por­ta­tion of un­doc­u­mented mi­grants from Mon­day.

For the past few days mes­sages have been cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia net­works and SMSes sent around about im­mi­nent de­por­ta­tions.

DHA spokesper­son May­ihlome Tsh­wete said “such in­for­ma­tion is false”.

“No such state­ment was made or is­sued by the depart­ment or any of­fi­cial,” he said.

“It would run con­trary to the laws of our coun­try to in­struct cit­i­zens, as pur­ported in the ma­li­cious mes­sages, to take the law into their hands, and to close com­pa­nies down with­out due process,” he said.

How­ever, the DHA re­minded those re­sid­ing in South Africa that the in­spec­torate had a duty to en­sure they were cor­rectly doc­u­mented, resided in the coun­try on a law­ful ba­sis and ac­quired doc­u­ments and sta­tus law­fully.

The DHA has stan­dard­ised sys­tems re­lat­ing to the de­tec­tion, de­ten­tion and de­por­ta­tion of il­le­gal for­eign na­tion­als in South Africa.

Tsh­wete said that Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba was ex­pected soon to shed more light on South Africa’s im­ple­men­ta­tion of sys­tems for man­ag­ing the pro­cesses re­lated to asy­lum and un­doc­u­mented mi­grants.

“Cit­i­zens and all other per­sons in the coun­try are strongly ad­vised to ig­nore this false alarm that is seem­ingly seek­ing to fuel ten­sions in the coun­try.

“It is in the best in­ter­ests of the coun­try for gov­ern­ment and cit­i­zens to do all in their power to­gether to work for sta­bil­ity and peace, while com­bat­ing il­le­gal mi­gra­tion and other crimes through law­ful means,” the state­ment said.

The DHA, how­ever, has made it clear that it would de­port those in the coun­try who it saw as con­tra­ven­ing South Africa’s law adding that un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants were still a chal­lenge it con­tin­ued to deal with.

This is not the first time the DHA has been the vic­tim of a such a hoax. In Septem­ber, a fake news ar­ti­cle claimed that Gi­gaba had in­tro­duced a com­pul­sory DNA test­ing re­quire­ments for reg­is­tra­tion of new births.

The hoax claimed that all ba­bies born from 2017 to South African par­ents would have to un­dergo DNA tests to con­firm their pa­ter­nity be­fore they could be al­lowed to take on their fathers’ sur­names.

This was slammed and de­bunked by the DHA which said no such in­ter­view had been con­ducted with Gi­gaba adding the ar­ti­cle had ap­peared on what seemed to be a fake web­site.


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