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African Transformation Movement (ATM) not happy with the judgement that was passed by Pretoria Hugh Court late this week on Thursday ordering Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu to include foreigners in the Covid-19 Social Relief Fund.
The party said through their statement that they don’t understand how the court could make a judgement that seeks to make South African fight for scrambles of the economy with foreigners at a desperate time of need.
“It cannot be fair and just for South Africans to be roaming the streets whilst low level jobs in the hospitality and tourism industries are taken by intentional immigrants. As a result, ATM is concerned about intentional migration has been confused and conflated with asylum seekers,” the party said in a statement.
They said that proper policies should be followed to include foreigners to benefit in this case and the department should be careful not to undermine the provisions of the United Nations Conventions.
“South Africa is already struggling to deal with it’s own citizenry where the number of R 350.00 grants applicants exceed the available funds” they said.
The judgment handed down by Judge Selby Baqwa on Thursday followed an application that was made by an NGO advocating for and assisting asylum-seekers, migrants and refugees, Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town.
They approached the court to force government to extend the R 350.00 grant to asylum-seekers and special permit holders.
Not arguing with the judgement by the court, the department said this means that they will have dig deeper in their already leaking pockets.
They say they are looking to spend about R 700million to include foreigners in the R 350.00 covid-19 relief fund.