Soweto residents march over unemployment and undocumented migrants

2021-Nov-25   14:21

Soweto residents march over unemployment and undocumented migrants
Some Soweto residents are calling on the South African Human Rights Commission to intervene on unemployment, illegal immigrants and other social ills.
Source: Silver Sibiya/Newsnote

- Silver Sibiya

Some Soweto residents are calling on the South African Human Rights Commission to intervene on unemployment, illegal immigrants and other social ills. They marched to the commission's offices in Braamfontein on Wednesday where they handed over a memorandum of demands.

The march, under the banner of Soweto Parliament, started in Newtown calling for the deportation of illegal immigrants and for other foreign nationals to respect South Africa's laws.

The group’s leader, Nhlanhla Lux, said many young South Africans are unemployed while undocumented foreigners occupy jobs.

“The young people are here in numbers as you can see. Ask yourself why they are here on a Wednesday, they are here because they are unemployed while we’ve got about five million employed undocumented people. And we’ve got 12 million unemployed people in South Africa, majority of the unemployed are young people,” he said.

Nhlanhla Lux said these are some of the reasons they want answers from the SA Human Rights Commission.

“How do undocumented people have so much rights over South Africans that are documented?,” he said.

Chief Executive Officer of the SAHRC, Advocate Tseliso Thipanyane, said the Commission is not government but its mandate is to ensure that the state adheres to the Constitution.

“27 years into democracy we still have problems such as high unemployment and it is increasing among the young people. It is sad that as we stand today more 50% of black people live in poverty despite the provision of our Constitution of a better life for al,” he said

The commission has previously criticized the group, calling their acts xenophobic.

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