Gauteng’s provincial government plans to cooperate with the anti-migrant organization Operation Dudula, Prime Minister David Makhura said.
The controversial organization, founded in Soweto to fight illegal immigration, has been targeting immigrants and traffickers on the streets of Gauteng in recent days.
Last month, members of Operation Dudula has the Bara taxi rank in Soweto. shut down in a “clean-up operation” to remove illegal immigrants and criminal activity in the area. Then they moved to other areas such as Orange Grove, Hillbrow and Alexandra.
Their actions drew much criticism, with many accusing the organization of fomenting xenophobia.
Makhura said the group should not turn to vigilance.
“I see the mobilization… it is The Vanir-exoduss who feel that authorities and law enforcement are not doing their job. I want to call on them not to take the law into their own hands, because then we will get violence.”
“As the government of Gauteng, we want to work with all civilian organizations like Operation Dudula, we want to work with them and with law enforcement agencies,” the prime minister said. enNCA†
Part of his State of the Province (Sopa) speech on Monday, Makhura said, will be on immigration.
On Tuesday, members of Operation Dudula encountered resistance from traders in Alexandra. As they marched to Watt Avenue in the township, some members kicked and knocked over merchant goods along the way.
At least four people responded by firing gunshots into the air to disperse the protesters.
The leader of the organization Nhlanhla Lux Dlaminic has accused undocumented migrants of being responsible for the increasing crime and drug trafficking in communities.