The minister of Employment and Labour, Nxesi Thulas revealed in an interview granted to SABC that it is illegal to go about inspecting labour and employment without permission. He was speaking regarding the Labour inspection by members of Patriotic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters, as they demand that foreigners and immigrants be removed from hospitality employment and fill every position with South Africa nationals. The minister said in the interview, “It is illegal for members of the public to conduct labour inspections”. He said South Africa is not a lawless country where everything goes, saying that things are done through normal processes and procedures. Recall that Newsroom also grilled Dr Aaron Motsoaledi about this recent happening of attack on foreign nationals.
Many South Africans who watched the interview said that the minister was not talking anything meaningful, saying that South Africans will do it themselves since they fail to do their jobs. The minister is trying to protect the image of South Africa in the comity of nations, as a way of saying that South Africa do not deny immigrants employment. However, a South African who responded to the minister's statement said, “We can watch as many as we want, but the bottom line is that you fail to implement the existing labour laws to protect South Africa citizens against foreigners while unemployment rate is skyrocketing”. Nevertheless, the minister warned those who are taking laws into their hands to desist from such acts before it is too late, saying that it is illegal to conduct labour inspections without the knowledge of his ministry.
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