South Africa will carry out inspections at workplaces to see whether companies are employing undocumented foreigners, The Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba said more than 60 people employed by retail chain Spar “without documentation” have been arrested.
He has warned that firms will be “penalised” if they breach the law, adding they should not fuel tensions by “playing locals against foreigners”.
The Minister’s comments – to parliament and the media – come amid growing concern that xenophobia is on the rise in South Africa.
Nigeria’s government has condemned attacks on its nationals in the capital, Pretoria, and MPs have called on the government to recall its ambassador from Pretoria.
Meanwhile, Zambia has issued a warning to its citizens intending to travel or residing in South Africa to exercise caution in the wake of attacks on foreign nationals.
30 shops belonging to foreigners have been looted and burnt down in Pretoria.