Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says that South African government’s treatment of foreign nationals through Operation Fiela, while publicly denouncing xenophobia, is a ‘festering contradiction’.
MSF is concerned that the raids by the police, military and the Department of Home Affairs in [the] wake of the xenophobic violence erodes trust and exposes a contradiction.
MSF was responding to a joint operation by police, military, and the Department of Home Affairs – dubbed ‘Operation Fiela’ – which began on Freedom Day where, according to an earlier statement by police, 889 people were arrested during the operation, including 745 for being in the country without proper documentation.
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