Community leaders in Diepsloot have banned Operation Dudula leader, Nhlanhla ‘Lux’ Dlamini Mohlauli from coming to Diepsloot again after accusing him of trying to hijack their protest.
Diepsloot community leaders spoke out against Nhlanhla Lux, saying they have their own representatives after he addressed crowds in the area and stole the show from senior government officials.
Nhlanhla Lux visited the area on Wednesday afternoon following protests over rampant crime.
The Police Minister Bheki Cele and the newly appointed National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola and MEC for community safety Faith Mazibuko were also in the area and have promised to increase the police presence to stamp out crime.
Operation Dudula is an anti-foreigner campaign that blames undocumented migrants for all crimes.
Community leader Andrew Malaka said, “Nhlanhla Lux is confusing the community because he’s coming from Soweto here to check what the community is doing.”
“I think he’s seen it in one of the, on the news, then he take that advantage to come here and check what we’ve agreed with the community. So this is what I call him a hijacker because from yesterday [Tuesday] he was not here, from today [Wednesday] in the morning he was not here. He came today after he’s seen on the news. He wanted to hijack, to be popular with this thing.”
“This thing is for community, not for anyone. So he hijacked what the people of Diepsloot are fighting for. We are not fighting for anything beside the service delivery in Diepsloot.”
What also didn’t go down too well with the government officials and community leaders was the fact that the police minister was humiliated as crowds deserted his speech and stormed to listen to Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini who had led an impromptu march against undocumented foreigners whom they accuse of illegally working in South Africa and committing a series of heinous crimes including murder and rape against South Africans.
Protesters gathered early on Wednesday to demand greater protection from the police, following a recent spate of murders in the Johannesburg township.
However, just as Cele was set to address the crowd, news began to spread that Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini had pulled up just a few streets away with other members of Operation Dudula. Soon after one person spotted Nhlanhla in his car, as he drove into the nearby taxi rank parking lot, the crowd swarmed him and ditched the cabinet minister.
Nhlanhla Lux addressed his supporters and asked them to maintain high discipline.