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Operation Dudula launches Cape branch

Operation Dudula launches its Cape Town branch on Saturday. Picture - Sibulele Kasa

Operation Dudula launches its Cape Town branch on Saturday. Picture - Sibulele Kasa

Published May 14, 2022

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HUNDREDS of Operation Dudula supporters marched through the streets of Cape Town on Saturday to mark the launch of its branch in the Western Cape.

While the organisation only had a permit for a maximum of 300 people, more than 500 supporters clad in branded T-shirts, carrying banners and placards march through the streets singing Struggle songs.

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The movement, which began in Gauteng has been labelled by some as “xenophobic and dangerous”, was founded in Soweto a few months after the July riots that erupted when former president Jacob Zuma was sentenced to jail for contempt of court.

They targeted suspected drug traffickers and businesses that allegedly hired illegal foreigners in order to pay them lower wages than legally required.

Cape Town mom Petunia Dobang said she joined the movement to get justice for her son.

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“My son (was) stabbed by a man from Nigeria,” she told Weekend Argus while sobbing inconsolably.

“They wanted to kill my son by stabbing him with knives and throwing him with stones,” she said.

“The foreigners are dangerous, they are very violent, they need to leave and Operation Dudula will get rid of them,” Dobang said.

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The picket started in Hanover Street and ended at the Cape Town Central police station where they handed over a memorandum with grievances to a representative of the Department of Home Affairs.

Dudula’s leader Nhlanhla Lux was not in attendance as he was said to be in Limpopo.

In their memorandum, the group demanded that the department beef up security at the country’s border posts.

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“As a result of a dysfunctional border control system, our country South Africa continuously (is) receiving a large and an uncontrollable influx of illegal foreigners/migrants,” the memorandum read.

The movement also want officials to verify the status of every foreign national in the City to establish whether they are in the country legally.

“The enforcement of section 41 of Immigration Act of 2002 on every foreigner roaming the streets of Cape Town and surroundings to scan and verify their identity documents.”

They also want the City to arrest and deport all those who contravened South African Immigration Laws.

Operation Dudula members also told Weekend Argus that they were not paid to attend the picket.

“We were not paid my brother,” Noltando Stshwila said. “We paid our own bus fares and we come from far.”

MEC for Police Oversight and Community Safety Reagen Allen said: ‘We note the launch of this organisation. There has been many reports about how this organisation functions.“

“We firmly believe that as with all entities and organisations it is important that it functions within the ambit of the law. It’s vital to have a vibrant society that participates in our democratic processes, but the law should always be upheld."

The article will be updated with police comment on allegations made by Dobang.

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