“Give undocumented foreigners amnesty” – DA reveals new migration policy

The Democratic Alliance (DA) put forward a proposal at its Federal Council regarding undocumented foreigners. The opposition party believes that they should be given amnesty to leave SA, legally re-enter or apply for visas in Mzansi.

The DA shares new migration policy for undocumented foreigners

This was just one of many proposals put forward to the party’s top decision-making body. The DA told the media about their “opportunity focused migration policy”. The policy regarding undocumented foreigners has three tiers.

The tiers are as follows:

  • Free movement of people
  • Focus on opportunities created by economic participation of migrants and;
  • Addressing harmful myths about foreign nationals

The proposal put forward by the DA comes during a time when foreign nationals and South Africans are clashing. The Dudula Movement in Alexandra, Johannesburg, has been making headlines all around SA. Members of the group are standing firm with their words that the operation is not xenophobic.

The ‘critical’ proposal spoken about by Gwen Ngwenya

Gwen Ngwenya, Policy Head for the DA revealed that this is a critical proposal.

“A critical proposal is to provide an amnesty period for all undocumented migrants. Giving them an opportunity to either return to their home and attempt to re-enter legally, without prejudice or to apply for the relevant visa from within South Africa.”

Ngwenya stated that undocumented foreigners and foreign nationals face problems of a higher magnitude. Ngwenya brought up the licencing extension and the issues drivers have been facing with renewals.

SABC News reports that Ngwenya explained that there is a recognisable principle. The challenges motorists have been facing can be multiplied when it comes to the Department of Home Affairs, she explained.

“You can multiply those problems by some order of magnitude when it comes to Home Affairs. So why should foreign nationals not be given amnesty when foreign affairs do not have their act together? Just like driver licences, a punitive approach risks lumping the innocent with those that had no intention of following the rules.”

Gwen Ngwenya, DA Policy Head

Xenophobia fears return, as SA nationals clash with foreigners in Alex

In related news, the township of Alexandra in Gauteng became a temporary battleground on Monday, as South African citizens ended up in violent clashes with a group of foreign nationals. Some locals fear that the xenophobia which engulfed this part of the country three years ago is now back with a vengeance.

The tension has been palpable in Alex today, and it’s understood that Operation Dudula supporters were involved in the scuffles. The group is fiercely opposed to illegal immigration, and they claim to fight for the prioritisation of South Africans in the labour market. However, things got ugly this morning.

Running battles between both factions were reported. Debris was burned along the roadside, and bricks were hurled through the air, causing superficial injuries for some at the scene.

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