SA woman humiliated, ill treated

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs and South African Police Service (SAPS) officials have been accused of xenophobia for arresting and repatriating a South African female national to Lindela detention centre, believing her to be Zimbabwean.
Nokuthula Langa (23) was humiliated, harassed and ill-tr

eated, and only saved from detention whilst at Lindela when she insisted that she was Zulu from KwaZulu-Natal and that her father was Bongiseni Mbuso Ngobese from Nquthu in KwaNgendla.
Disaster struck Langa when she went to the Home Affairs offices in Harrison Street to apply for a birth certificate for her daughter. She was told to come back the following morning. On arrival, she was told she was a Zimbabwean and should be deported immediately. Efforts to explain that she was not Zimbabwean fell on deaf ears as she was forced into a police vehicle and taken to Lindela.
South Africa’s leading daily newspaper, The Daily Sun, confirmed the story.
Contacted for comment, the Home Affairs Department spokesperson, Mantshele Tau urged Langa to open a case against the officials.
Zimbabwe Exiles Forum(ZEF) Executive Director, Gabriel Shumba, who has been at the forefront for defending human rights abuses by both Home Affairs and SAPS, condemned the incident.
“The paranoia and xenophobia against Zimbabweans by SAPS and Home Affairs is clearly evident here. In fact, it is not only illegal immigrants who are deported back to Zim, but also those who have genuine papers.
“Training of both SAPS and Home Affairs officials, much as it is a must, is not in itself a panacea to the inhumane way they treat Zimbabweans. What needs to change is the South African government’s approach to the whole crisis in Zimbabwe,” said Shumba.
“President Mbeki’s government should stop shielding Mugabe and send a clear message to all South Africans that Zimbabweans are human beings and are here not because they liked to be in SA, but because of the breakdown in governance accross the border,” he added.
Shumba urged the SA government to deal with the rampant corruption that exists in the police and Home Affairs. – CAJ News

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