Mayor Herman Mashaba says lawlessness has hijacked the City of Johannesburg.
He held a briefing in the city, where he reported back on progress made in his first 100 days in office.
Mashaba says that illegal immigrants in the city centre make it difficult for law enforcement agencies to effectively fulfill their duties.
There are people hijacking buildings illegally, charging exorbitant rentals, taking advantage of poor people.— Herman Mashaba, Executive Mayor in the City of Johannesburg
According to Mashaba, at least 115 000 people illegally occupy buildings down town.
He says it's important for him and citizens to safeguard the city and country from criminal elements.
We've allowed our city to degenerate into a society of lawlessness. This has got to stop. Let's take our city back.— Herman Mashaba, Executive Mayor in the City of Johannesburg
Mashaba has dismissed claims that his sentiments are xenophobic, adding that South Africa cannot allow illegal immigrants to live undocumented.
He claims that so-called human rights lawyers are protecting slumlords and encouraging lawlessness in the CBD.
Whether you are South African or a foreigner, the rule of law must reign supreme.— Herman Mashaba, Executive Mayor in the City of Johannesburg
Mashaba took several calls from 702 listeners on the Xolani Gwala Show: