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Government to Identify Undocumented Immigrants in South Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa Announcement

Published September 21, 2023
9 months ago

The president of the African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, announced recently that the South African government has initiated a program aimed at identifying undocumented foreign nationals in the country. He made this announcement while addressing the ANC’s Manifesto Review held in Dobsonville, Soweto.



Ramaphosa acknowledged the challenges the country faces due to illegal migrants. He also spoke of the struggles faced by Zama Zamas, illegal miners in Gauteng Province.



Gauteng Premier, Panyaza Lesuf, last month appealed to the government to consider deploying the army and other security measures to deal with the issue of illegal mining in the province. His appeal came in the wake of a tragic accident in Boksburg, where a gas leak from a canister used by zama zamas resulted in the deaths of 17 individuals. Furthermore, in a disturbing turn of events, five bodies suspected to be those of illegal miners were discovered in Riverlea following an alleged gunfight.


This announcement by Ramaphosa indicates a move towards a more comprehensive approach to dealing with issues related to undocumented immigrants and illegal mining, challenges that have been plaguing the nation for an extended period.


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