South Africa to ‘introduce strict immigration policy’

South Africa will tighten its immigration policy even if it is perceived as anti-African, Home Affairs Minister, Hlengiwe Mkhize, has told the Johannesburg-based Mail & Guardian publication.

Ms Mkhize said the government could no longer be lenient, when it faced the “real challenge” of locals’ hostility towards immigrants.

In the Mail & Guardian interview, she also said South Africa was socially unstable to implement the African Union’s 2063 initiative which calls for visa-free travel for Africans on the continent by 2018:

Remember our triple challenge [unemployment, poverty and inequality] is real and we know from other parts of the world that that’s what triggers a revolution.

People will revolt against the government of the day if they feel they’re in competition with everybody.”



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