CAPE TOWN - Members and supporters of Operation Dudula took to the streets of the city centre during the movement’s launch in Cape Town at the weekend.
The controversial organisation was first formed in Gauteng and says it is on a nationwide campaign to root out undocumented migrants.
The group’s leadership says it will be collecting data across all townships around Cape Town.
Operation Dudula provincial coordinator Solly Tsolwane said its leadership would meet during the week.
“We are happy that we have finally launched this movement in the province because we represent people’s views when it comes to social issues.
“The issues we are facing here are everywhere, and they need to be attended to because our people are suffering on the ground. Our country has a different constitution from other African countries but as the citizens of this country, we are treated differently from foreign nationals.
Foreign nationals are being prioritized when it comes to employment and also when you want to open a business,” said Tsolwane Tsolwane said documented citizens are unemployed.
“Foreign nationals are not taxed like us.
“We won't be having this if our government had strict or proper regulations when it comes to foreign nationals,” he said.
A Somali national in Cape Town said the government should intervene to stop Operation Dudula from trying to illegally deport foreign nationals.
“We don't steal people's work, we just work hard like any other person. “African leaders who were fighting for freedom used to travel to other African countries to receive military training and they were never questioned about their nationality or told they are stealing other people's jobs, but now when people from other African countries come to South Africa it becomes an issue and we are called names and some are being killed just because they are not South Africans.
“We are here to make a living. The economies of the countries we come from are bad. “That is why we are here. They must just target those criminals who shoot people almost every day, not foreign nationals who are here to make an honest living.”