KZN to establish official community crossing point for immigrants

Protesters march through Pretoria during the Foreign March where South Africans from different areas protested against illegal immigrants on February 24, 2017. Picture: Gallo Images

Protesters march through Pretoria during the Foreign March where South Africans from different areas protested against illegal immigrants on February 24, 2017. Picture: Gallo Images

The idea is to simplify the movement of South African and Mozambican communities.

In a bid to clamp down on immigrants crossing between South Africa and Mozambique illegally, Deputy Home Affairs Minister Njabulo Nzuza recently visited the border crossing area in Manguzi, reports Zululand Observer.

The KwaPhuza borderline, or Gate 6 as it is commonly known, is a popular trading spot for vendors between the two countries and has been earmarked for the establishment of an official community crossing point.

The idea is to simplify the movement of community members, allowing them to cross the border for family visits without having to travel to a port of entry.

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Many in these communities need to cross the border on a weekly, or even daily basis to study, work, shop and visit family members.

The purpose of Nzuza’s visit was to assess progress.

“We want to make sure we identify the problems regarding illegal immigration because it is at the borders where we have allowed people to come through illegally,” said Nzuza.

“We’re now going to make sure that we make it easier for visitors who have proper papers to come into South Africa and make it extremely difficult, in fact nearly impossible, for those without papers to enter South Africa.”

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