Patriotic Alliance vows to deal with issue of illegal immigrants

Patriotic Alliance manifesto launch in Eldorado Park south of Johannesburg SABC News

The Patriotic Alliance (PA) says first on its priority list when it takes over municipalities will be to deal with the issue of illegal immigrants.

It says all illegal foreign nationals will be taken out of South Africa following the November 1st elections.

Its leader Gayton McKenzie says only those with scarce skills will be let into the country. The PA launched its local government elections manifesto in the predominantly Coloured community of Eldorado Park south of Johannesburg on Saturday.

Mckenzie says the days for illegal foreign nationals will be over should his party govern key municipalities like Johannesburg and eThekwini among others.

Mckenzie says, ” I don’t care if you are Chinese, if you are Somalian, if you are Serbian or coming from Angola, if you are coming from Mozambique, you are going home with immediate effect.”

He said only those with the much needed scarce skills will be allowed in the country urging his detractors not to confuse his patriotism with being xenophobic.

“And when you are a legal foreigner, you must also come with a special skill here. You can’t be legal and come and become a preacher here, we have enough preachers.”

Mckenzie on illegal immigrants:

And to South African women who have children with immigrants, McKenzie said these mothers are free to join their husbands as they go home.

McKenzie has also used the occasion to dismiss suggestions that the PA is a Coloured party insisting most of their mayoral candidates are not Coloureds.

The PA leader also said his party will be a kingmaker in most municipalities after elections. Currently, the Patriotic Alliance is in coalition with the ANC in Ekurhuleni.

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