Cape Town - The Department of Home Affairs has distanced itself from messages circulating on social media networks and via SMS alerts, alleging it has ordered immediate deportation of undocumented migrants from Monday, 23 January 2017.
An official statement released by the DHA, reads that it "wishes to inform the public that such information is false. No such statement was made or issued by the department or any official.
"It would run contrary to the laws of our country to instruct citizens, as purported in the malicious messages, to take the law into their hands, and to close companies down without due process," the DHA confirmed.
Citizens and all other persons in the country are strongly advised to ignore this false alarm "that is seemingly seeking to fuel tensions in the country, at a time when priority is given to economic development, creating jobs and fighting poverty and inequality," the DHA says.
"It is in the best interest of the country for government and citizens to do all in their power together to work for stability and peace, while combating illegal migration and other crimes through lawful means.
This, however, does not mean that deportation will not occur in cases where the DHA, in accordance with South Africa law, is necessary. Being an undocumented person in South Africa remains an issue that the DHA continues to address.
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A country-wide call was done towards the end of last year to ensure nationals from the bordering country of Lesotho are correctly documented for staying and working in South Africa. READ MORE HERE: Lesotho Special Permits: SA Home Affairs eases requirements to legalise more Basotho
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