MAYOR MASINA VOWS TO ASSIST FOREIGNERS WHO WANT TO RETURN HOME

MAYOR MASINA VOWS TO ASSIST FOREIGNERS WHO WANT TO RETURN HOME

Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina has vowed to ensure that foreign nationals who have been displaced by the recent unrest, return safely to their home countries.

Scores are being housed at local community halls in areas east of Johannesburg.

Masina says his office will be working with the Department of Home Affairs to verify the status of over 500 adults and 200 children who have been displaced.

“I had a meeting with all embassies to try and make sure we come up with a plan because among the things we did, was to identify those who are willing to go back home until such time that the environment is conducive.

“So there are plans in place that we are working on together with Home Affairs who will be coming today to ensure that everyone is issued with repatriation certificates… For those who will remain here, the city will work with other government agencies to make sure people are safe because any loss of life is a problem. We are calling for calmness in our communities.”

Meanwhile, it is reported that Nigerian authorities are expected to repatriate some 600 citizens from South Africa following the recent unrest.

So far 12 people have been killed, property damaged during the looting and torching of businesses while scores others have been arrested during the violence that began in September.

Following a meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, police minister Bheki Cele assured the business community that government has a plan to end the recent wave of tensions between locals and foreign nationals.

“We are not going to share the plan,” says Cele adding that criminals might be strategic and bypass the plan.

– POWER NEWS

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