Herman Mashaba slams Aaron Motsoaledi’s explanation about Bushiri escape
ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba has joined many South Africans in expressing dismay at home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi after Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary fled from South Africa to Malawi.
Motsoaledi appeared before parliament's home affairs committee on Tuesday. He explained how Bushiri and his wife managed to skip the country days after being granted bail.
The couple were arrested in October and face charges of theft, money laundering and fraud in connection with an alleged “investment scheme” of more than R100m.
On Wednesday, TimesLIVE reported the Bushiris were arrested in Malawi after police raided their home in Lilongwe and took the couple into custody. Their trial in SA is scheduled to start on January 2021.
In his explanation, Motsoaledi said his department was not solely to blame for the Bushiris escaping. He also blamed SA's porous borders, saying this was a “common cause”.
Expressing his dismay, Mashaba said: “We are suffering from your own government's failure to secure our borders and deal with illegal immigration."
Speaking during a media briefing, Mashaba said the government had failed South Africans and that he would be writing to the Judicial Service Commission to demand a full investigation into the escape.
“We are fed up of the borderless nature of this country we live in,” said Mashaba.
Many social media users echoed Mashaba's statement about Motsoaledi, saying his explanation was a confirmation of “how useless and dysfunctional the department of home affairs really is”.
Here is a snapshot of what many had to say.
Good Morning SA ..Interesting listening to Min Dr Aaron Motsoaledi on the Bushiri's permanent residency .They declared under oath that they entered SA in 2015 for the first time and were granted permanent residency in 2016 ..Same time period Malusi Gigaba was Min of Home Affairs— Garth (@_Calculator) November 18, 2020
Aaron Motsoaledi says the Police searched the Malawian Presidential plane twice before departure, WHAT WERE THEY SEARCHING FOR?— Mohapi Setenane (@MohapiSetenane) November 17, 2020
No one could have thought that the Bushiris could be hidden inside the plane. Why ddnt they just monitor Bushiri's place, if they suspected anything?
From the Aaron Motsoaledi School of Leadership.— Nomboniso Gasa (@nombonisogasa) November 17, 2020
Life esidimeni: Not my responsibility alone...
Crisis in public hospitals: Not my responsibility alone... Bushiri escape: Security cluster. Not me alone...
blah blah blah
When Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi says: "We are suffering pouros boarders", he says so as if the boarders themselves are to blame or as if it is some kind of a disease without a cure. Yes, we know that we have pourous boarders, then what must happen now? #BushiriEscape— The Ruralitarian (@Skoax) November 17, 2020
Aaron Motsoaledi is busy confirming how useless and dysfunctional @HomeAffairsSA really is. Despite knowing that there were anomalies with Bushiri's residency status, they did fuckall. Even after knowing he was arrested twice. Hawks even told them so. #VoetsekANC— 🕸 Spider™ 🕷 🇿🇦 विशाल ॐ (@VeezO07) November 17, 2020
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