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PATRICK BULGER | Restaurant ‘inspections’ and other goose-steps of creeping Nazification

SA needs humane immigration policies. After all, foreigners contribute to its economy, which needs every cent it can get

27 January 2022 - 20:39

Recently, talking to a barber from an Asian country I’d rather not name, I learned he had been in SA for the past 14 years, all of them illegally. Looking at him in the mirror as he busied himself with the ever-diminishing task my hair presents, he told me family members who had sought their fortunes in Italy and Saudi Arabia were able to regularise their stay in those countries within five years. But in SA, despite applying to home affairs every year for permanent residence, he is refused. And every year, without exception, he pays the required bribe to officials to somehow extend his stay by another year. If he wasn’t a criminal before he came here, he is one now, and more proof that instead of a forward-looking policy on immigration, we have spawned an illegal cottage industry in bribes and fake permits. ..

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