Chinese arrested over work permits

Staff Writer
FRANCISTOWN: A number of Chinese were arrested yesterday for working without permits, the police have said.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Chabaesele Kesupetswe said that they nabbed a good number of Chinese in shops and other businesses for working without permits. He accused some Chinese of applying for business permits on the promise that they will employ Batswana but later they bring their compatriots to take up the jobs.

He explained that in some instances, Batswana are offered jobs but still there will be some Chinese working without permits. Construction companies are said to be attracting more foreigners without valid permits and the authorities have promised to deal with them. Kesupetswe said that a foreigner's valid passport is not a licence to work in Botswana.

"If the passport is valid, we don't want them to work unless they have a work permit," he said.

He added that employing a foreigner without a work permit carries a fine of between P500 and P2,000. He said that they want

to clean the city, not only of illegal workers but any other lawbreakers including those who do not drive safely. He stated that they are running a weekly operation, jointly with the labour and immigration departments and the Botswana Defence Force to maintain law and order in the city.

He added that the intention is to continuously run such operations so that there would be no place for criminals to hibernate.

Labour and Home Affairs public relation officer, Lebogang Bok said that any foreigner with a valid passport and caught working should be repatriated.

She said that passports are used for visiting purposes not as work permits. Bok added that any foreigner interested is working in Botswana must follow the normal procedure of acquiring a work permit.

She said if such victims are arrested by the police they should then hand them to the labour and immigration departments for repatriation.



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