R8m gold bar bust at OR Tambo: "Passenger in transit from Maputo, Mozambique, to Dubai"
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While the South African government tries to help victims of recent floods, including Mozambican migrants, in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township, assigning improved homes or granting land for construction, a different group of South Africans opposes the plans and is demanding the deportation of illegal migrants.
Some Mozambican migrants affected by floods do not have permanent residency papers or formal jobs. Others work in small informal businesses.
Elsa Inguane is one of them. She works as a domestic worker and in the small shop of a Mozambican permanent resident in South Africa.
She is happy with her work and is able to support her family in Mozambique.
The same is not true of Joaquim Gazane, who has lived in South Africa for 16 years. After losing his construction job, Gazane turned to begging on the streets of Johannesburg.
Gazane says he is unaware of the whereabouts of his relatives in Maputo, and with no South African residence permit or roof over his head, Gazane was lost and hit the streets.
But like many others, Gazane says he wants to “get organized” and have something to show before returning to his homeland.Source: Voa Portugues