I am horrified at Gauteng Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane’s letter in the Star today which sets out an unacceptable recommendation to deal with rural safety issues in Gauteng.
I have no problem with the majority of the recommendations made, however one of the recommendations which, according to the MEC, will be implemented in the next two months is that “Farmworkers must be legal and documented and have profile cards which are verified at local stations.”
Profile cards are, in effect, a re-introduction of the dompas system. It cannot be allowed to happen and is not an effective way to fight crime.
Profile cards are an infringement of people’s constitutional right to dignity, freedom of movement and the right to equality.
Madame MEC, you should be ashamed to support this recommendation as you clearly do in your letter to the media.
It should be withdrawn in its entirety and roundly condemned.
Kate Lorimer MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Community Safety
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