ANC Veterans breathe fire over Operation Dudula, says South Africans are uneducated

ANC Veterans breathe fire over Operation Dudula, says South Africans are uneducated

ANC Veterans breathe fire over Operation Dudula, says South Africans are uneducated

The African National Congress Veterans’ League (ANCVL) is 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 has 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.

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Zikalala said migrants are welcome to work in South Africa, although he encouraged them to be in the country legally. He added that the movement must educate its members about the country’s place on the continent, also suggesting that the Department of Home Affairs be “fixed”.

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.

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“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.

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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.

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“Those Dudula movement members must go to school, acquire skills and not pester foreign nationals. It is improper,” added Zikalala.

Zikalala said migrants are welcome to work in South Africa, although he encouraged them to be in the country legally. He added that the movement must educate its members about the country’s place on the continent, also suggesting that the Department of Home Affairs be “fixed”.

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