Dozens of people under the banner of Operation Dudula and the #PutSouthAfricansFirst movement took to the streets of Diepkloof Zone 5, Soweto, on Sunday, gathering at various crime hotspots, suspected drug dens, illegal occupations and demolition companies to “restore law and order”.
The angry residents marched through the streets of Diepkloof singing battle songs and anti-foreigner songs, while amplifying calls for undocumented migrants to leave the country. They were monitored by a strong police contingent to ensure they did not break the law.
National Secretary of Operation Dudula, Zandile Dabula, said community members urged the organization to intervene in the many issues affecting them, including Bakgomana Primary School. Lessons no longer take place at the school because it has become an informal arrangement.
“There are people who have illegally occupied that school, they have built huts and we need them to get out of that place,” Dabula said.
“We also want to make sure that the local junkyard that allegedly continues to steal cars, sell drugs and many other illegal things is closed or prove it’s legit.”
Dabula also said they wanted to give Baghdad, another part of Soweto, a warning because the area was known to be an area teeming with drugs and prostitution, and in the informal settlement of Motsoaledi, where many illegal foreigners are said to occupy the RDP homes. occupy.
A week after their visit to Hillbrow, Johannesburg, to demand that illegal aliens leave South Africa, a large crowd of Operation Dudula members marched in Soweto to warn alleged drug lords and foreigners to leave RDP homes in Motsoaledi.
#PutSouthAfricansFirst member Victoria Mamobogo called on shop owners in South Africa to hire South Africans and ensure they meet the employment ratio implemented by the Ministry of Labour. She also said the government should allow foreigners to provide critical skills and not the basic skills South Africans could provide.
“We say that even those who are unemployed should go and work in their own country. We have to make up the balance. Far too many of us young people have no jobs,” says Mamobogo.
“We will not be afraid of foreigners who have run away from their own country and have not fought for it, to come to our country and become ungovernable. They also have to obey our laws and even pay taxes.”
When asked why the scarcity of jobs was attributed to foreigners, community member Richard Gaji claimed that foreigners had taken all jobs for less than the minimum wage.
The group has repeatedly claimed that many young South Africans have qualifications but have turned to drugs and alcohol because they cannot find work.