By Staff Reporter
A xenophobic movement in South Africa, members of Operation Dudula marched through shops in Johannesburg (China City) on Saturday demanding that foreigners leave.
It is estimated that three million Zimbabweans live and work in South Africa.
Operation Dudula targets immigrants under the theme #PutSouthAfricansfirst. They accuse them of taking their jobs and committing crimes like gang rape, murder and armed robbery.
Speaking at Saturday’s protest in Johannesburg, Operation Dudula chief Nhlanhla Lux said all foreigners should go back and fight for their country and leave the South Africans to the South Africans.
“When I look here, they are all foreign nationals, they occupy what we deserve in our country, we fought for this country, we fought for this freedom. There are too many people who have died here, we cannot allow you to come to our country and treat our country as a mess.
“This country is a country of love, and we say to all foreign nationals that from today you must go and fix your countries. There is no war in your countries, why come- you in our country?
“You are criminals in our country, you are destroying our country, if you are not human trafficking you are hijacking and you cannot do all of this in your own country.
“If your countries say Zimbabweans for Zimbabweans, why don’t we say South Africa for South Africans, we say Nigeria for Nigerians, Mozambique for Mozambicans,” Lux said.
Last week, Limpopo provincial health minister Phophi Ramathuba dressed a Zimbabwean woman who was seeking medicine at a local hospital.
In April, a Zimbabwean, Elvis Nyathi, was stoned and burned to death by seven South Africans who accused him of theft and not having a passport.