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Minister Motsoaledi Plans To ‘Limit’ Number Of Foreign Employees Working In SA

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has informed Parliament that his ministry is working on legislation to set "quotas" for the amount of foreign employees who may work in specific industries. Motsoaledi responded to the IFP's complaints during an oral Q&A session in Parliament, as the party sought reasons for an apparent lack of job possibilities for South Africans. Motsoaledi stated that they will need to work closely with legal labor experts, and that any regulation limiting the number of foreign workers in South Africa may violate the Constitution.

The ultimate goal of Home Affairs, however, would be to guarantee that South Africans had "first access" to any qualifying employment that became available. "We have already requested assistance from the International Labour Organization," stated Aaron Motsoaledi. One of them is to help us create legislation that would set quotas for the amount of foreign nationals who might work in the business. We need a lot of guidance because we have a Constitution that may be interpreted in a variety of ways, and we don't want to be found on the wrong side of the Constitution." The Inter-Ministerial Committee reported to the Cabinet Committee on Trade and Industry because some of the issues might have an impact on trade."

South Africa has a high unemployment rate, and our youth have a far lower chance of finding work. In Mzansi, two-thirds of young people meet the broader definition of 'unemployed,' and the issue has been exacerbated by tensions that are commonly associated with xenophobic beliefs. The #PutSouthAfricansFirst movement demonstrated outside the Union Buildings on Wednesday, calling for a halt to the employment of Zimbabwean residents in certain industries. While no proposed law is intended to discriminate against any one group, broad restrictions on immigrant labor are seen as a "neutral" solution to the issue.

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