‘Government’s failure to keep its promises caused socio-economic challenges’

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Anti-xenophobia group, Kopanang Africa, says migrants are not the only ones that have caused South Africa’s socio-economic challenges. It says corruption, poor service delivery and government’s failure to keep its promises are also to blame.

The group held a media briefing in Johannesburg after the authorities prevented it from marching on Human Rights Day on Monday following the Dudula Movement’s threats to disrupt it.

The Dudula movement in Soweto and Alexandra recently embarked on operations to remove undocumented foreign nationals from street vending in the city.

Several people injured in Alexandra Township as Dudula Movement clashes with foreign nationals

Kopanang Africa spokesperson, Dumisani Nleya, says they will march to the Gauteng Premier’s office and the Johannesburg Central police station on Saturday.

“We are marching for the protection of the people who live in South Africa to be safeguarded by the Constitution of South Africa and have their right to be in South Africa at any time,” explains Nleya.

Attack on hawkers

Earlier this month, some hawkers were forced to pack their goods after they were told to leave Pan Africa Mall in Alexandra.

Shops are being forced to shut their doors as protesters say they add to the high unemployment issue, as they hire foreign nationals over Alex residents. But security at the Freedom Supermarket refused to close the supermarket.

The video below is reporting on the attacks on businesses in Alex: