Johannesburg – Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba wants Parliament to hold the Department of Home Affairs accountable for the “illegal immigration crisis” he said the City is facing.
This, he said, was because his attempts in the past three years to engage the five ministers of Home Affairs in addressing the issue of undocumented immigrants have been ignored.
Mashaba said he wrote to the Chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee for Home Affairs Bongani Bongo on Monday, requesting an opportunity to appear before the portfolio committee to provide a briefing on the “dysfunctional state” of the Department of Home Affairs.
“For almost three years and five Ministers of Home Affairs later, I have continuously attempted to engage the Department and the Ministers on the illegal immigration crisis facing Johannesburg.
“These efforts were made in total good faith and in the best interests of Johannesburg and its residents. Sadly, for the most part, these efforts have been ignored outright. The Department is completely dysfunctional and failing in its constitutional obligation to address the issue of undocumented immigrants.