The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, Julius Malema has said the party’s leadership will launch a fact-finding mission to ascertain how many locals are employed in the hospitality industry emphasising that the laws say locals have to be prioritised. He said:
We want locals to be prioritized for employment. We must visit hospitality venues and ask them how many South Africans they are hiring.
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This comes amid concerns that local businesses are hiring foreigners who provide cheap labour and are also hardworking at the expense of locals.
His remarks might further fuel tensions between locals and foreigners.
There have been xenophobic attacks targeted at Africans residing and working in South Africa as locals expressed anger over the employment of foreign nationals.
Malema has in the past castigated the attacks saying chasing foreigners away will result in the collapse of the economy adding that Africans need to be united as they are one people.