Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
5 Jan 2022
5:34 am

‘Pressure group’ representing illegal Zim immigrants alienated

Brian Sokutu

'They are a pressure group fighting for the interests of those Zimbabweans who should now leave the shores of South Africa,' an analyst said.

South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members round-up suspected undocumented Zimbabwean nationals after attempting to illegally cross the border fence to smuggle goods and fuel into Zimbabwe from South Africa near the Beitbridge border post, near Musina, on October 2, 2020. (Photo for illustration by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

Led by little-known advocate Simba Chitando, the “Sandton-based Zanu-PF branch”, which lambasted Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi for being “xenophobic”, has turned out to be a pressure group representing Zimbabweans residing illegally in South Africa. The “branch” has been disowned by Zimbabwean ambassador to South Africa David Hamadziripi, who also denounced the Sandton group’s statement against Motsoaledi. Chitando, the “chair of the Zanu-PF Sandton branch”, yesterday failed to respond to questions by The Citizen on why the branch was formed. “Send me your questions via WhatsApp and I will respond,” Chitando promised. The Zimbabwe embassy said: “We are deeply...