A group of South Africans calling themselves Only One SA wants Nigerians and Zimbabweans out of the country.
Some South African organisations and ordinary citizens gathered in the Pretoria CBD on Wednesday September 23rd, 2020, calling for mass action against illegal immigrants and an end to what they call the abuse of South Africa’s diplomacy.
Amid widespread economic decline, devastating unemployment levels and increase levels of crime in South Africa, protesters are stoking the fire against migrants.
Several organisations under the banner
It’s made inflammatory accusations on social media, using the hashtags ‘Nigerians Must Go’ and ‘Zimbabwe Must Go’, including that foreign nationals are guilty of human trafficking and ruining communities with drugs.
But the organisers of the march insist they are not being xenophobic.
They say the aim is to push for South Africans to be prioritised on home soil.
Put South Africans first – that’s what a group calling themselves Only One SA is demanding.
Carrying placards and waving South Africans flags, citizens like Ike Khumalo said that the state was rewarding foreign nationals with jobs and businesses rather than deporting them.
“Everything that we want, they want. We can’t give jobs to the whole continent. We are competing at the hospital, if you want to see an orthopedic, you must wait until next year February because in front of you there are illegal immigrants. You want to board a train, they have destroyed the train infrastructure. You want Eskom, they have destroyed them. There is no Constitution that can serve everyone. Who is everyone?”