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Employ Our People, Employing Undocumented Foreign Nationals A Crime - Ramaphosa

Employ Our People, Employing Undocumented Foreign Nationals A Crime - Ramaphosa

The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has urged companies in his country to employ local citizens and train them to the levels required by the industry. 

He makes the remarks amid tensions between local citizens and foreign nationals working there amid reports that employers prefer foreign nationals as they are better qualified and are prepared to settle for lower salaries.

Ramaphosa made the remarks in his keynote address to commemorate Human Rights Day.

He said employers risk creating and worsening social tensions by employing undocumented people an apparent reference to undocumented foreign nationals. He also urged South Africans to be tolerant towards foreign nationals. He said:

Let’s all of us do the right thing. Abayenza njalo they are also contributing towards social tensions between our citizens and foreign nationals who are living here or have taken refuge here. Department yarona of Home Affairs and Employment continues to engage with employers to ensure that compliance with the immigration and labour laws of this country happens. As a country founded on tolerance, on respect, on diversity, on non-discimination, we must never allow ourselves to turn against people who come from beyond our borders…

We’ve always had people from other countries and if you want to know, I say this because I was in the mining industry. The mining industry yarona as we know it, was developed and built not only by South Africans but also by workers from other countries, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Angola, Zambia, Eswatini, and so on, they all participated.

He said challenges of unemployment should not be a scapegoat to war against foreign nationals as that promotes the spirit of xenophobia.

Ramaphosa warned that vigilantism was in violation of the law. He cited operation Dudula which was launched in Soweto where South Africans destroyed foreign-owned vending stalls at the Bara Taxi Rank.

He added that the government cannot allow vigilantism to deal with social ills saying they will collectively, as a country deal with the issues lest “the continent turns its back against us.”

Meanwhile, almost 180 000 Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) holders living in South Africa face deportation at the end of this year if they fail to migrate to other permits. Most are unlikely to qualify.

South Africa, on 29 December, extended the ZEP to the end of this year.

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11 Comments

G thing 1 month ago

Dzinga vanhu Ramaphosa vauye va vote kwavo kunakewo Pa Yellow ipapo paneraramo💛💛💛💛


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

Facebook came to my inbox asking me for permission to delete my post when i wrote on Ramaphosa's post that he was a contribution to Xenophobia, i said the truth that when he was campaigning he said people should go back where they belong and that triggered Xenophobia.

in this case he is also siding with dudula though polishing by saying the continent will turn against them, i hate South Africa and its heartless citizen such that when in the city center i don't go near Max Garage coz its road to SA.

🇿🇼Proudly Zimbabwe🇿🇼


Never 1 month ago

East West which place is best. East West Home is Best....


Tanu Mark Finnity 1 month ago

Ramaphosa is now smoking nyaope his on drugs sibili. How high was he when he uttered this statement ?


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 1 month ago

WHY DOES ZANU PF GOVERNMENT DENY THAT WE HAVE A CRISIS IN ZIMQBABWE ? IS THIS NOT A CRISIS WHEN OVER 3 MILLION OF YOUR PEOPLE INVADE ONE OF YOUR NEIGHBOURS IN SEARCH OF JOBS ?

LET US NOT WAIL ABOUT SANCTIONS. THAT IS A SMOKESCREEN. WE ARE FAILING TO RUN OUR ECONOMY PROPERLY. FINISH!!!!!

HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA MUST FIRST OF ALL LOOK AT THE FUNDAMENTALS WHY HIS COMPANIES FAVOUR TO EMPLOY FOREIGNERS IN LIEU OF SOUTH AFRICANS.

HIS PEOPLE LIKE THEIR BOOZE AND ONCE THEY EARN THEIR WAGES ON FRIDAY, THEY DO NOT REPORT FOR DUTY UNTIL ALL THE MONEY IS FINISHED.

ONCE ENGAGED, FOREIGNERS WORK HARD BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT THERE HOMES ARE TOO FAR. EVEN PEANUT WAGES FOREIGNERS ACCEPT. THERE IS NOTING WRONG THERE BECAUSE EMPLOYMENT IS A CONTRACT BETWEEN EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE.

IN THE SAME BREATH LET ME CONGRATULATE HIS EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA FOR DISCOURAGING HIS PEOPLE FROM PERPETRATING VIOLENCE, BUT LEAVE THAT TO AUTHORITIES.

[ DO NOT VOTE ZANU PF. DO NOT VOTE MWONZORA. VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].

YOURS TRULY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


Paul Piki 1 month ago

I agree with you Chahoto

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chahototo 1 month ago

Wonders shall never cease. It's not automatic that once CCC assumes power sanctions will be lifted. Americans will make sure that you toe the line first before that happens. You will have to sale your soul first before they give an inch. As things stand, the Chinese have stacked a claim in terms of investment and tenders and some of these contracts run for years. You just don't wake up and take those contracts away and give them to your American friends. You are likely to suffer from crisis of expectation soon. That's IF you win, which is highly unlikely because Zanu Pf is still a force to reckon with. You may pick 1 or 2 urban seats but president ED and ZANU PF will remain in power.


🚩 1 month ago

👆❎ Nᴏᴛ ᴛʜɪs ᴛɪᴍᴇ ᴅᴀᴅᴅʏ. Nʏᴀɴɢᴡᴇ, ʙᴏᴅᴏ, ᴋᴡᴇᴛᴇ ᴋᴀɴɪ, ᴀɪᴡᴀ. Dᴏɢ ᴇᴀᴛᴇʀs sʜᴀʟʟ ʙᴇ sᴇɴᴛ ᴘᴀᴄᴋɪɴɢ ᴇᴠᴇʀʏᴛʜɪɴɢ sʜᴀʟʟ ʙᴇ ʀᴇsᴛᴏʀᴇᴅ ᴀs sᴏᴏɴ ᴀs ᴘᴏssɪʙʟᴇ

Madhuve 1 month ago

sandikudzinga maZimbo kuti vauye vaise X here uku


chikandamina 1 month ago

mixed a n c and opposition s ,paipa


Mbingaldo 1 month ago

Hazviitike Izvozvo coz mazimbo tinezhara huru togamuchira chero and the rsa employers like us for that damn reason.....

#Ngaapinde hake mkomana



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