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The Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has come under fire for his recent comments about undocumented foreign nationals. Members of Parliament Mbuyiseni Ndlozi of the Economic Freedom Fighters and Democratic Alliance’s Leon Schreiber have both weighed in on his comments.
Earlier this week, a video of Motsoledi calling foreign nationals “rascals” went viral on social media. In the video, Motsoaledi can be heard saying that Mzansi is the only country that accepts “rascals”.
“Other countries don’t accept rascals. We are the only country that accepts rascals in this country. Even the United Nations is angry with us,” said Motsoaledi.
He went on to say that these people do wrong in their home countries and then run to South Africa, which has angered the UN. Ndlozi was not happy with Motsoaledi’s comment and stated that the minister is targeting poor and vulnerable immigrants.
Taking to his social media page, Ndlozi wrote: “We must fight crime. But let’s not mislead each other- A crusade on poor foreign nationals under the guise of fighting crime is WRONG.”
Schieber’s criticism was mainly geared toward people that supported Motsoaledi’s comments such as ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba. Mashaba praised Motsoaledi’s comments and stated that he is on the path of protecting South Africa’s sovereignty.
Schieber stated that Mashaba is using xenophobia to gain political points and that is why he is praising an ANC politician who destroyed the home affairs department.