Former president Kgalema Motlanthe criticises SA’s treatment of undocumented immigrants

Published: 23/Sep/2020
Source: News24 (Johannesburg)

By Lizeka Tandwa

Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has bemoaned South Africa’s treatment of undocumented immigrants, saying the country largely excludes migrants from society.

While honouring the memory of renowned human rights lawyer, advocate George Bizos SC, the former president alluded to his dissatisfaction with how immigrants were treated by the government and South African society.

Motlanthe was speaking at Bizos’ memorial service, organised by the ANC. Bizos died at the age of 92 from natural causes on 9 September.
He said:

South Africa’s undocumented migrants, economic refugees and asylum seekers look for hope and opportunity in South Africa. Yet they have been largely excluded from our society. There is a rush to send the oppressed back to their troubled homes, rendering them stateless beings floating between borders.

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Themes: Statelessness
Regions: South Africa
Year: 2020