Cape Town – Employment and Labour Mega Blitz inspection led to the arrest of at least eight undocumented foreign nationals and two employers in Pretoria CBD on Monday.
The mega blitz inspection was done in collaboration with the Department of Home Affairs and the police.
Monday marked the first day of the week-long inspection which will be conducted throughout the province, the department said in a statement.
“The week-long inspections in the Gauteng province are measuring the employers’ compliance with the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, Sectoral Determination, including the National Minimum Wage Act, Unemployment Insurance Act, and the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act,” the department said.
The department’s spokesperson in the province, Mishack Magakwe, said the mega blitz inspection was led by the department’s Inspector-General, Aggy Moiloa.
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“In this particular workplace, I think it’s about eight people that we arrested. They were found not to have the right documents because they are foreign nationals. The right documents in terms of the work visas and work requirements in that space. So, it was the inspectors from Home Affairs that arrested them, so a short while ago they were dispatched for further processing,
“In terms of the immigration law, when you find such (discrepancies or non-compliance), the employer also gets arrested. Because they would have violated the Immigration Act. The employer was taken alongside the people that were found not in position of the right documents,” Moiloa said.
On Friday the department will have a session with its stakeholder to reflect around the compliance in the province, said Moiloa.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe