Xenophobia? One might ask… Some groups of protesters have been seen marching and demanding that more stringent immigration laws are applied in their country whiles marching through South Africa‘s capital city of Pretoria and particularly directing their anger at their fellow Africans from other countries.
They were seen holding visible banners of #PutSouthAfricansFirst, the groups marched from Church Square to the Nigerian Embassy in Pretoria.
According to them, they believe that the South African government has failed to put South Africans first and are therefore calling for the mass deportation of illegal immigrants as well as the revoking of grants and other state benefits.
This is happening on the back of the country having an ugly recurrent issue with Xenophobia.
Various organisations including South Africa First and “Only One SA” have handed over a memorandum of demands at the Nigerian Embassy following a march through the Pretoria CBD.
One of the converner for the protest, Nandi Gachwari of the Action for change said that they had made their demands explicitly clear.
“We demand an end to human trafficking in Pretoria and, broadly, South Africa; the deportation of all illegal immigrants; the exposure of corruption in flawed Home Affairs processes that grant citizenship to undeserving foreign nationals.”
The Nigerian High Commissioner Kabiru Bala spoke to the crowd upon receiving their memorandum. He stated that it was unfair that only Nigerians should be blamed for South Africa’s social and economic ills.
The organisations have vowed to return to the streets if their demands were not met.
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