A group of protesters from the movement known as Operation Dudula came to Pretoria to demand that companies employ South Africans instead of foreign nationals. They marched on factories in Rosslyn in the north of Pretoria on Tuesday for the launch of anti-migrant group Operation Dudula in the capital city. The demonstration came a day after their leader Nhlanhla Lux Mohlauli was released on bail after he was arrested last week for allegedly raiding the home of a suspected drug dealer.
Demonstrators had bussed in from Atteridgeville, Mabopane and surrounding areas as Operation Dudula works to launch splinter groups across the country. They made their first stop at metal factory Praga where the deputy chairperson Dan Radebe delivered a memorandum of demands.
Praga HR Manager Refilwe Ngwetjana denied the group’s claim that the business employed 50% foreign nationals. “Out of the 800 employees, I only have 8 who are foreigners, which are in the country legally.”
There after they visited various manufacturing firms to table their demands. Tshwane metro police spokesperson senior superintendent Isaac Mahamba, confirmed the march has been approved as it met the requirements of the security cluster.“Tshwane metro police officers will be deployed to monitor the march and affected streets,” he said, cautioning motorists to avoid the area.