Illegally employed foreign nationals arrested in Cape Town raids

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A total of 25 illegal foreign nationals were arrested for contravening the Immigration Act during raids on businesses in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The Departments of Home Affairs and Labour, in conjunction with the South African Police Service, conducted the raids in China City in Milnerton and Canal Walk in Century City.

The raids were in response to complaints that had been lodged.

The Department of Home Affairs said the number of arrests was expected to increase as investigations continue.

A manager at one of the restaurants that was visited will be charged for contravention of the Immigration Act, which prohibits employment of illegal foreign nationals in South Africa.

“Random inspections at places of employment are conducted to ensure employers of foreign nationals comply with immigration laws. Employing foreigners who are not in possession of enabling documents is an offence.

“The department, in partnership with other law enforcement agencies, will continue to enforce immigration legislation with no respite,” the department said on Thursday.

It warned that those who persist in flouting immigration and labour laws of the country will face the full might of the law.

“This is in support of the national drive towards safer communities wherein citizens and documented foreign nationals are and feel safe,” the department said. –