JOHANNESBURG – Gwen Ngwenya, the former head of policy for South Africa’s biggest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, this week lambasted the party’s outgoing Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba and the city for classifying criminals according to their nationalities.
Ngwenya was responding to a tweet by Mashaba, in which he shared a list of crimes committed by foreigners and arrests carried out between 2016 to 2019.
Mozambicans dominated the list, with 1,382 arrests, while at least 104 Congolese were arrested. Ethiopians and Cameroonians also made the list. Mashaba said he shared it to give a sense of the types of criminal acts immigrants of particular nationalities were likely to be involved in.
Ngwenya questioned why the list classified people according to nationality rather than immigration status.
-If intention is to show illegal immigration challenge, then why not show crime by immigration status as opposed to nationality?
-Would it be advisable to publicly show breakdown of crime by racial group for example? To what end? https://twitter.com/hermanmashaba/status/1188019539633758208 …Herman Mashaba✔@HermanMashaba#WorldCupofCrime This slide gives you a sense of crimes being committed by various nationalities @AsktheChiefJMPD @CityofJoburgZA @MichaelSun168 @CoJPublicSafety2223:26 PM – Oct 26, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy104 people are talking about this
A week ago, Mashaba asked the department of home affairs to ensure that foreigners came to the country legally and were documented “so that, as the city of Johannesburg, we know who is in our city”.