The hay days of foreign nationals running various businesses throughout South Africa are probably coming to an end as angry local youths who are searching for jobs in South Africa are not taking this situation lightly and kindly.
For the past few weeks, if not months, Patriotic Alliance teamed up with Operation Dudula movement and organized an investigation exercise of businesses and shops operated by foreigners throughout various townships in the Gauteng province in South Africa. This came after it was reported that a portion of those businesses are allegedly promoting and selling illegal and fake merchandise.
The beforehand talked about bunches moreover expressed that the majority of businesses run by foreigners must be shut down as the industry should be exclusive to South African citizens only.
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A South African lawyer, who refers to himself on Twitter as Joe, has taken the situation a step further and called for foreigners from Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi and Zimbabwe to be banned from running businesses in the hair and beauty industry.
He asserted that this business is meant for South African citizens only. He further urged foreign business people to permanently shut down their hair and beauty businesses or face the wrath of Operation Dudula from unemployed South Africans.
“South Africans ought to assume management over the Hair and Beauty Industry from Nigerians, Ghanaians, Malawi and Zimbabweans. In their nations this Industry is safeguarded. This giant variety of outsiders ought to depart that enterprise space previous the implied is completed. Put South Africans First we will not be onlookers.
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Meanwhile, earlier this week ANC officials expressed their concern over the attack on foreigners before telling unemployed South Africans youths to go back to school and get educated instead of harassing foreigners.
The African National Congress Veterans’ League (ANCVL) said they ares not sitting idly by and watching the backlash against foreign nationals from the Operation Dudula Movement, which has spread to various townships in Gauteng.
ANCVL President Snuki Zikalala this week chastised the movement’s members on the backdrop of clashes with foreign-shop owners in Alexandra township in Johannesburg last week, TimesLIVE reported.
Directing a harsh word of advice to protesters, Zikalala urged them to stop harassing foreign nationals and, instead, go to school and acquire skills that will allow them to be effective and increase their chances of getting employment in South Africa.
The movement descended on Benoni in Ekurhuleni at the weekend, with demonstrations reportedly erupting in Daveyton. In an earlier Newzroom Afrika interview, Zikalala decried Operation Dudula, calling it dangerous and exploitative towards the jobless.
“A large majority of South African youth are unemployed. I believe Dudula is dangerous because they saw a gap and began stirring South Africans’ emotions. However, as the ANC, we view what they are doing as barbaric,” said Zikalala.
He said Operation Dudula members were not law enforcement authorities and should not assume the role of the police. He added that immigrants should not be harassed for any reason.
“Those Dudula movement members must go to school, acquire skills and not pester foreign nationals. It is improper,” added Zikalala.