Meanwhile, a video footage has emerged online showing residents burning tyres and other rubble to block off a road and declaring war at foreigners based in Diepsloot.
The video shows multiple fires burning in a line along a street on Tuesday night. Residents are demanding more police units in the area as crime has been on a steady rise and they accuse foreign nationals of being behind crime.
SA Federation of Trade Unions general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has condemned the sprouting anti-foreign campaigns led by Operation Dudula calling them a scapegoat for capitalist crisis.
Unrest: Diepsloot, north of JHB. pic.twitter.com/jWq99Xx7c3
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) April 5, 2022
“Dudula is scapegoating a capitalist crisis and a total neglect of the African working class all over the continent on the migrant workers! That’s why those that have betrayed the working class support it. It helps the ANC blame migration for the 12.4 million unemployment crisis.” Vavi said.
That is the question. What happened is not clear at all actually. There isn't a clear story about who was allegedly killed, why or anything. People in Diepsloot have told me that they have no details to back up that any of that happened at all.
— Tessa Dooms (@Tessa_Dooms) April 6, 2022
Research Analyst Shephard Dube says the anti-foreign operation should not target ordinary people but should put the blame on the African National Congress.
“Operation Dudula is a sad development but we can not blame locals for not liking black and brown foreign nationals. It’s their country consequently it’s their choice who they want in their country.” Dube said.
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“However, up until South Africans remove the ANC government they can not and should not complain about Zimbabweans in South Africa. Successive ANC administrations from Thabo Mbeki to Cyril Ramaphosa have allied themselves to ZANU PF, a party that has caused many Zimbabweans to cross into South Africa.”