Fraudsters and illegal immigration – What happened in Joburg this week?

Catch up on any developments you may have missed this week.

Concerns are growing about employers giving jobs to undocumented immigrants and low-income households are being urged to apply for the City of Johannesburg’s Expanded Social Package (ESP).

We take a look at what else you may have missed.

This week, Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba has once again called on national government to intervene regarding illegal immigration in Joburg; this time targeting businesses who employ undocumented immigrants.

He expressed concern for both local citizens and undocumented immigrants.

The mayor said that although the focus is on employers to abide by the law, the national government has the responsibility to enforce the law and to ensure that consequences are faced.

If found guilty of knowingly employing an illegal foreigner, employers can face up to one year in prison.

READ: National government must look at employers giving jobs to illegal immigrants, Joburg mayor urges
Joburg’s General Valuation objections are set to be finalised by February next year. In April, Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba said that no credit management processes will be initiated against objectors, provided that the accounts were not in arrears as at 30 June.

Residents who have lodged objections must, however, continue to make payments on their rates accounts.

These payments should be based on the previous rate payments to the City, along with invoiced service charges.

READ: Joburg’s General Valuation objections to be finalised in February
Amid the insourcing of 1 600 security guards, one man almost slipped through the red tape to secure his spot as a new City of Johannesburg employee.

The man allegedly tried to secure a position as an insourced security guard by using a fraudulent South African ID.

After an investigation by Metro police, officers assisting with the project arrested the suspect and took him to Sophiatown Police Station for further prosecution.

READ: Fraudster tries to secure job as Joburg security guard

 

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