The Democratic Alliance (DA) has slammed Operation Dudula saying if allowed to continue, it might lead to violence similar to the July Unrest in 2021.
The Operation Dudula group is fiercely opposed to illegal immigration, and they claim to fight for the prioritisation of South Africans in the labour market. With unemployment remaining high in the country, the controversial movement feels locals should be the first option for any vacancies.
DA SLAMS OPERATION DUDULA
The party said while Operation Dudula’s mission might be to protect communities, it cannot be at the expense of foreign nationals who call South Africa home. Xenophobia should not be tolerated and indulged. Nor should criminal, violent and unjust activities against foreign migrants.
The party also said it believes that if Operation Dudula is allowed to continue unabated, it will very soon lead to exactly the kind of violence and unrest we saw in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July last year.
“The DA understands the frustration facing marginalized communities. However, we do not believe that the appropriate course of action is xenophobia and violence.”
DA Shadow Minister of Home Affairs, Angel Khanyile said the department must ensure the quick and correct processing of visas and other documentation.
Khanyile said using the Covid-pandemic as an excuse for incompetence will no longer suffice. Both South Africans and foreigners deserve better than the disdainful lack of service from this Department.
She added that politicians, individuals and organizations that fan xenophobic flames must face the consequences of their deplorable actions. They will see the country in chaos again if only to score cheap political points.
“South Africa cannot afford another bout of widespread riots. Our economy is simply too fragile to withstand the attacks by individuals whose words fan the flames of unrest. The DA sincerely hopes that the State Security Agency has its ducks in a row and is monitoring the situation diligently and closely.
“Sentiments by political parties like Action SA, the Patriotic Alliance and the EFF cannot go unchallenged. Blaming foreigners for years of destruction caused by ANC greed and corruption is not only foolish and naïve, it is dangerous. And it ignores the reality that foreign migrants often create jobs and job opportunities for South Africans.”
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