Immigrants give fake info

Some undocumented Zimbabweans here have been providing healthcare centres here with incorrect information in fear of exposing themselves to arrest and deportation.

Officials at the Department of Health and Social Development told The Zimbabwean that individuals were giving incorrect names and addresses when seeking healthcare at their institutions.

The trend has been noted since South Africa lifted a special dispensation that protected Zimbabweans living illegally in the neighbouring country form arrest and deportation.

“Zimbabwean nationals are supplying us with incorrect information. They believe we will pass on their information to police and Home Affairs officials so that they track them down,” Chika Asomugha, Acting Director: Public Health at the Gauteng Health and Social Development said in Johannesburg. “We are not mandated to arrest and deport anyone.

Therefore, these nationals should not be afraid to supply correct details. This would be beneficial to them as it would enable them to receive home visits following their treatment. Such information will be kept in confidentiality and will not be given to police, Home Affairs or anyone.”

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