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EFF says restaurant visit was about ensuring coexistence

EFF members including leader Julius Malema conducted a labour policies inspection at a restaurant in Gauteng. Picture: Leon Lestrade/African News Agency (ANA) Archives

Durban – EFF Secretary-General Marshall Dlamini said the party performed restaurant inspections in Gauteng this week to secure African people's coexistence in the hospitality industry.

Dlamini stated that the party's stance on pan-Africanism will not change, but that firms should prioritize South Africans when making hiring decisions.

He questioned why individuals in the industry who were not South African nationals were not given a contract of employment but were instead hired on the spot.

"The president and commander-in-visit chief's was intended to meet with business leaders and the business industry in this country."

"They must come on board to ensure that our African brothers and sisters and ourselves cohabit...

"... because we believe that the way things are now, particularly by those in the sector, has created a confrontation between our own people and those who employ and abuse them."

"Our job is to ensure that there is no exploitation and that our personnel are treated decently."

"Yes, we prioritize South Africans, but we know what our brothers in Mozambique and Zimbabwe did for our nation when it needed them," Dlamini added.

When EFF leader Julius Malema was photographed visiting private enterprises, it generated quite a commotion among the public.

Malema was also seen arguing with the management of Kream Restaurant over whether the red berets should be allowed to enter the premises and investigate their labor rules.

Malema informed the management that he was a member of Parliament and so did not require permission to enter.

During the party's Siyabonga rally at People's Park in Durban on January 8, Malema announced that he would target the hotel industry.

According to the Department of Employment and Labour, ensuring compliance with legislation is a departmental responsibility.

It said that all employees, regardless of nationality, are entitled to the same rights.

"The Department of Employment and Labour has the authority to enforce compliance with the Act."

"Where a sector is covered by a collective bargaining council collective agreement, the bargaining council has the power to enforce the terms of its collective bargaining agreement."

"We urge any organization or political party that suspects or discovers noncompliance with labor regulations to file a complaint with the Department of Employment and Labour or a negotiating council, if the sector falls within the jurisdiction of a bargaining council."

'We intercede with such a group to behave prudently and within the bounds of the law.'

"One cannot desire to see the law enforced while also breaching the law," the Department of Labour stated.

According to the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (Fedhasa), the EFF had no right to access employee information since it violated the Protection of Personal Information (Popi) Act.

"According to the Popi Act and the Constitution, exposing personal information is illegal in South Africa."

"Fedhasa and its members, as well as the hospitality and tourism industry as a whole, are thus legally bound not to disclose personal information of employees, including nationality, to anyone unless they are officials or official representatives who have a lawful right of access to employee information and records under legislation."

"If this information is released to someone who is not legally authorized to know, the employer will be breaching the law in our country."

"So no - companies are not permitted to share personal information about their employees to a political party," Fedhasa national chairman Rosemary Anderson told IOL this week.

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