28 February 2017

Pretoria – The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, has noted comments attributed to the Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, that had been made in the context of the recent attacks on foreign nationals.

The Minister will not use his energy in a back-and-forth with Mr Mashaba but would rather invest his energy in restoring peace and stability in hot spots and in the rest of the country. 

In the short to medium term, completing work on the establishment of a Border Management Authority; development of a new, comprehensive policy of international migration; and the Refugees Amendment Bill currently in Parliament, is where we will continue applying our minds on migration.

The Minister seeks to repeat the advice he offered to Mayor Mashaba on this matter of national importance, and if his contribution extends only up to Afrophobic utterances, we would rather continue our work without his contribution.

Minister Gigaba thanks communities for showing great leadership and standing against xenophobia.

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