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Bad news for foreigners in South Africa


Minister Aaron Motsoaledi introduces new strict policies


Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi has declared his intentions to completely overhaul South Africa’s immigration system. He confirmed that more details ‘will be unveiled soon’ – but the Home Affairs Minister also let a few details slip on Wednesday.






Motsoaledi has been championed by anti-immigration groups like Operational Dudula and Put South Africans First in the past few months, after the minister took a hardline stance on foreigners entering SA illegally.



He’s also earned praise from sections of ActionSA. However, Motsoaledi isn’t content with revelling in the plaudits. He wants to take things much further, and he’s promised to institute ‘radical changes’ for the Home Affairs department.




Although he admitted he’d need ‘another budget speech’ to outline his full intentions on tackling illegal immigration, Motsoaledi did reveal a few changes that his ministry wants to make – and some plans have already been enacted.

  • More border guards – picked from communities along the border in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KZN and Free State – have been recruited.
  • There will be a MAJOR redevelopment at six key national points of entry, including Beitbridge and Lebombo.
  • Raids at corrupt Home Affairs branches are planned ‘within the next few weeks’. Four officials in Soweto were arrested TODAY.
  • Motsoaledi also wants to lead a crack-down on South Africans who ‘sell their identity documents’ to foreigners.
Robert Tapfumaneyi