Time to make up your mind
OUR government has a split personality. In a combined show of force, the SAPS, JMPD, Home Affairs Department, the Hawks and Joburg Water authorities descended upon illegal gold miners, demolished their shacks, confiscated their gold processing equipment and arrested many zama zamas.
Why? Because they were engaged in illegal activities, say our officials. Fair enough. But why does our national and provincial governments’ bellies ache when Joburg City mayor seeks to get rid of illegal foreigners? Both parties are engaged in illegal activities.
Oh, you see, there is a White Paper dealing with foreigners and the government has signed international agreements, not only with the UN but other treaties stipulating how we deal with foreigners seeking sanctuary in our country, asserts the Home Affairs director-general. Herman Mashaba must read that White Paper.
Strange, coming from a government that stubbornly refused to comply with some treaties that they solemnly agreed to honour.
Just think of the Rome Statute mandating us to honour the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
Did our government honour the decision of the ICC that we arrest the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he landed on our shores? Of course not.
The breach of the law by our government is nobler than the breach of the law by the municipality of Joburg? One form of local breach is unacceptable while another form of national illegality is permissible .
The zama zamas’ activities are illegal, but the infringement of the laws by illegal foreigners should be tolerated? Centurion