Rights Violated

EDITOR - Human rights are not respected by South Africa's Home Affairs officials. Thousands of Zimbabwean documents such as identity books and passports have been confiscated at Musina Border Post. Human Rights lawyer Gabriel Shumba was devastated when asked about the confiscation of Zimbabwean documents and said this continuous harassment of Zimbabweans and other foreigners would definitely spearhead xenophobia.

Thabisani Nkomo, 36, from Bulawayo was arrested and his identity documents and passport were confiscated at Musina Border Post by officials.

Nkomo, who came to South Africa in 1993, and other victimized Zimbabweans said, their rights were being violated. Thabisani worked on menial jobs for several years in Johannesburg and later bought a bakkie for himself.

Last year in December, Nkomos documents were confiscated and he was told to attend court in Pretoria by Home Affairs Officials for possessing illegal documents. At the moment his taxi company is in the hands of the state. His accounts have been frozen by Home Affairs.

On May 28, Nkomo was fined R1 500 at Pretoria court and later sent to Lindela Prison, where he was deported to Zimbabwe. Speaking from his home Bulawayo, Nkomo said it was painful to leave all of his belongings behind. Home Affairs Officials have suspended Nkomo for four years. These stories need to be heard. AARON DUBE, Johannesburg

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