Il­le­gals run crim­i­nal en­ter­prises

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Themba Sono

PRES­I­DENT Robert Mu­gabe of Zim­babwe says it is Zim­bab­weans in South Africa who make our coun­try’s econ­omy run ef­fi­ciently and pro­duc­tively.

Mu­gabe was of course not think­ing of Zim­bab­weans of the likes of Dun­can Danda who are run­ning crim­i­nal en­ter­prises in our coun­try .

In the first week of Jan­uary, Danda was caught by the Hawks run­ning an im­mi­gra­tion of­fice with full Home Af­fairs para­pher­na­lia and a stash of US dol­lars in Beit­bridge. He pro­cessed en­try visas not only for Zim­bab­weans il­le­gally en­ter­ing the coun­try but also for other il­le­gals. Th­ese for­eign­ers would pay Danda in dol­lars.

The Musina mag­is­trate gave Danda a six-year jail term on one count and a R10 000 fine on an­other.

Still, Mu­gabe is right, there are many en­ter­pris­ing Zim­bab­weans here, the le­gal and the il­le­gal.

It is the il­le­gals who are pesti­len­tial, not only from Zim­babwe but from other coun­tries like the two Nige­ri­ans ar­rested over the week­end on the East Rand for stolen elec­tronic equip­ment and elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances. When mayor Her­man Mashaba says all il­le­gal for­eign­ers must leave his city a hys­ter­i­cal cry of xeno­pho­bia en­sues as if the mayor had com­mit­ted apos­tasy. But when Cosatu de­mands the ex­pul­sion of Chi­nese work­ers in the coun­try there is no sim­i­lar de­nun­ci­a­tion of Cosatu. In fact, there is a si­lence.

Some, with­out hav­ing an­a­lysed the fal­la­cies in­her­ent in Kwame Nkrumah’s Africa Must Unite the­sis the way Tan­za­nia’s Mwal­imu Ju­lias Ny­erere did, trot out the usual vac­u­ous in­sults when the fo­cus should be an­a­lyt­i­cal not sen­ti­men­tal.

South Africans can­not tol­er­ate il­le­gals who on top of their il­le­gal pres­ence com­mit crime. They should carry out their crimes in their home coun­tries.

SA can’t tol­er­ate il­le­gals who com­mit crime

Cen­tu­rion

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