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'Do not surrender your land to foreign nationals'

Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi says South Africans fought hard for the land which was once in the hands of white people.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Police Minister Bongani Mkongi says it’s unacceptable that South Africans are surrendering their land to foreigners.

He visited the Hillbrow Police Station where he was told 80% of the area and its surrounds are occupied by foreign nationals.

Mkongi says he is not xenophobic.

“The hijacking of buildings here in Hillbrow is a sign of taking over power. The question of the dominance of foreign nationals in illegal trading and also in businesses is economic sabotage.”

He says South Africans fought hard for the land which was once in the hands of white people and should not just surrender it to foreigners.

“We can’t give shelter to our people because these buildings are being occupied and hijacked by people and lunatics that we don’t know.”

He will be handing over a report to Police Minister Fikile Mbalula after police officers in Hillbrow raised concerns about the number of hijacked buildings allegedly by foreigners.

WATCH: Why is Hillbrow 80% occupied by foreign nationals?

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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