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Deputy police min accuses foreign nationals in Hillbrow of economic sabotage

Bongani Mkongi says 80% of Hillbrow is occupied by foreigners and they are capable of taking land from locals

Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi addressing the media at the Hillbrow police station. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi has accused foreign nationals in Hillbrow of economic sabotage.

He visited the local police station where he talked to officers about the high number of crimes committed using unlicensed firearms, hijacked buildings and illegal trade.

Mkongi says 80% of Hillbrow is occupied by foreign nationals.

“If we don’t debate that, that necessarily means the whole of South Africa could be 80% dominated by foreign nationals and the future president of South Africa could be a foreign national.”

He says foreign nationals are hijacking old buildings while locals don't have anywhere to go.

“We fought for this country, not only for us but for generations of South Africans to live in harmony in a non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa.”

WATCH: Deputy police minister discusses Hillbrow building invasions

Mkongi says South Africans have to come up with ideas to make sure foreign nationals don't take land from locals.

“How can a city in South Africa be 80% foreign nationals? That is dangerous. South African have surrendered their own city to the foreigners. The nation discussed that question.”

The Deputy Police Minister doesn't view his statements as xenophobic and believes the public must help the authorities deal with the problem.