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WATCH | Dudula Movement members clash with immigrants and business owners in Alexandra

Businesses forced to close doors as members of Dudula Movement community organisation threaten to close shops employing foreign workers

07 March 2022 - 16:19 By TIMESLIVE
Residents and migrant shop owners clashed in Alexandra on March 7 2022. Residents, who said they belong to the Dudula Movement, want undocumented migrants to leave the area.
Residents and migrant shop owners clashed in Alexandra on March 7 2022. Residents, who said they belong to the Dudula Movement, want undocumented migrants to leave the area.
Image: Screengrab/ Siviwe Feketha

Several businesses in Alexandra had to close their doors after community members, who identified themselves as part of the Dudula Movement, forced shops to close their doors.

The Dudula Movement is a separate community organisation to Operation Dudula, which has held protest marches against foreign workers. 

The community members were allegedly searching for migrant employees and shop owners who did not have valid paperwork.

The SABC's Chriselda Lewis reported that several people were injured during a confrontation between migrants and residents. The Sowetan also reported this, though the number of those injured is not clear. 

After the clash, several shops closed their doors. It is not clear how community members identified who is undocumented. 

Alexandra councillor for ward 116 Adolph Marema said there was growing unhappiness in the community. 

“Residents feel aggrieved that there is a majority of non-documented foreign nationals who are participating in economic activities when they are supposed to be the ones that are benefiting. There is a pushback, seeing that government is not doing anything about it, the law enforcement agencies are becoming spectators to the situation and now there is a clash between [South Africans] and the brothers from neighbouring countries,” he said.

“The situation is bad, the word bad is an understatement. The ignorance of government and the law makers who are parliamentarians in dealing with the issues, they are actually dismissing and excusing the issue instead of attending to the issues and this becomes a problem.”

He said government needs to find a way to subsidise South Africans in their businesses.

“You can’t have a mall full of shops and they are owned by people not even staying in Alex, it's wrong ... There is a level of people saying that they agree that foreign nationals who are not documented must be pushed out, but it must be done within the ambit of the law.”

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