The ongoing crackdown on illegal immigrants aimed at enforcing security has gone some way towards ridding the country of unwanted characters and must be intensified to the logical conclusion. However, that is just part of a solution to a far bigger problem.

As we reported yesterday, the greatest threat to our security is corruption that has made it too easy for foreigners to penetrate our borders, quickly acquire citizenship complete with birth certificates, national identity cards and passports, and then engage in all sorts of nefarious activities.

A close-knit cartel comprising brokers, officials in the departments of immigration and registrar of persons, the police and the administration, has perfected a corrupt system of transporting, registering and legitimising illegal immigrants, hence exposing the country to grave security risks.