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R118m to be spent on immigration inspectors

Home Affairs wants to clamp down on companies & individuals employing foreigners without working visas.

FILE. The Home Affairs Department wants to clamp down on companies & individuals employing foreigners without working visas. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says his department will be clamping down on companies and individuals employing foreigners who do not have working visas.

Gigaba says the Home Affairs Department will invest R118 million over the next three years to employ immigration inspectors.

The minister says the recent xenophobic attacks KwaZulu-Natal became heated when local workers accused businesses in Isipingo of hiring undocumented foreigners to replace those involved in industrial action and wage disputes.

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Gigaba says this was not an excuse for people to take matters into their own hands.

He says authorities should have been notified instead.

"Had the people not taken the law into their own hands, we would have prosecuted the management of that company."

The minister says all immigrants with working visas should ensure they're employed in accordance with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, so that they're not exploited.

Gigaba has also urged unions to recruit documented foreign workers so that salary negotiations for both local and foreign workers can be done under one umbrella.

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