Authorities in different arms of the South African government are seriously considering putting laws that discourage local companies from hiring foreign nationals as tensions over unemployment in some industries like the trucking industries flair up, Business tech reports.
Protestors reportedly marched in Durban on Monday 23 November and 20 trucks were petrol-bombed on some roads in the country.
Addressing the issue, KZN premier Sihle Zikalala said the Department of Labour and Home Affairs is currently involved in a process of developing legislation according to the publication, Zikalala reportedly said:
We must, however, reiterate that we will not allow lawlessness to threaten our economy, more so as we emerge from the economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
We thus call on those who have grievances to work with us and not to shut down our roads, torch trucks or even resort to attacking truck drivers as has happened before.
The country’s labor minister Thulas Nxesi in July reportedly said the law they are working on was not going to be limited to the freight sector only but it would also affect other sectors that are employing foreigners including:
- The hospitality sector;
- Farming and agriculture.
Addressing the issue Nxesi said:
We are looking into this matter in a proper way. However, it is important to remember that we can’t just do away with foreigners’. Some of them are refugees and legally supposed to be here.
The issue that we have to deal with is the illegal people which have been employed without any papers from Home Affairs.
Last year South Africans protested against foreigners and their businesses and accused them of taking their jobs especially in the sectors mentioned above.
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