Makhura talks tough on growing anti-foreigner sentiment

Makhura talks tough on growing anti-foreigner sentiment

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has spoken up against the growing anti-foreign sentiment among some communities in the province.

David Makhura
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Makhura delivered his State of the Province Address in Brixton on Monday. 


He says no one in South Africa, and especially in Gauteng, has the right to take the law into their own hands. 


“Nobody should resort to violence. Nobody should take the law into their own hands, the law enforcement officers must do their jobs. People should not be attacked or killed because they are foreign nationals. No state can allow people to come in and out of its territory without proving they have documents. 


“There’s also no state that would allow their citizens to move door to door and say these are illegal migrants. Gauteng cannot afford to have killings and attacks on foreign nationals again."

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The warning by Makhura comes amid marches by the newly launched ‘Operation Dudula’ in Johannesburg.


This has seen large groups of people marching through the streets of areas such as Hillbrow to demand documentation from people they believe to be foreign nationals.


The group wants illegal foreigners to leave the country.


They also partially blame migrants for the country’s unemployment rate and high levels of crime in areas such as Hillbrow and the Joburg CBD.

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