Jacques Julius DA spokesperson on immigration says that the manifesto was full of broken promises and offered no solutions to South Africa’s borders and immigration.
“I have spent the past six months visiting border posts across the country, engaging with officials and seeing for myself some of the challenges they face daily.
“During these inspections, the DA uncovered a number of issues including: illegal cross border trading; alleged social grant fraud; poor military patrolling and hijacking syndicates,” he said in a statement on Sunday.
This come after President Cyril Ramaphosa in his address told voters that the governing party would work with other countries to ensure that “there are incentives created for immigrants to stay in the borders of their own country”.
The opposition party also notes that the ANC manifesto was silent on the state of the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) and the lack of support from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).
“The DHA has no systems to accurately determine the number of undocumented immigrants in the country. When I spoke to SANDF officials off the record, they complained about being under-resourced and it emerged that there may be law enforcement individuals who are working with the syndicates, making it difficult to police these crimes,” he claimed.
The DA plan to “fix borders” through the following:
Arresting, detaining and deporting those who repeatedly enter our country illegally.
Ensuring undocumented immigrants are regularised (establish a temporary or provisional arrangement to become citizens) or assisted in leaving the country if they do not meet the criteria for remaining in the country.
Strengthening our border posts. Through proper control and order, we can create corruption-free and effective border security and control.
Eradicating the corruption and inefficiency endemic to Home Affairs.
Together with the push to secure our borders and regularise migrants, the DA says it is committed to assisting, supporting and caring for legitimate refugees and asylum seekers, as well as attracting foreign nationals with scarce skills to South Africa to help us grow our economy and create jobs.
“The ANC is incapable of ensuring law and order in the country. A change in leadership is needed and only the DA has a plan to control immigration and secure our borders,” he concluded.