- Gauteng Premier David Makhura is adamant that only locals should be allowed to participate in certain industries
- This comes as the province seeks to prevent foreign nationals from operating specific businesses in the region
- Additionally, the ANC politician has called for the nation's borders to be reinforced in order to prevent undocumented immigrants from entering
David Makhura has revealed that the Gauteng government plans to prevent foreigners from opening specific businesses in the region.
SABC reports that this will form part of the Township Economy Bill, which is set to be introduced into legislature soon.
Commenting on the situation, the Gauteng Premier said that only locals should have access to business opportunities in certain sectors:
“We feel very very strong, where we can’t have a situation where even the smallest type of economy in the township that is open for all kinds of traders where our local economy is able to do that, includes areas of industrialisation in certain tax sectors… we want to emphasise particularly black industrialists.”
Briefly.co.za reported that raids conducted by police in the centre of Joburg had prompted wide-spread looting in Soweto townships.
Makhura's comments follow this incident, in which foreign nationals had been forced to abandon their businesses.
However, iAfrica reports that the Premier is adamant that his comments were not xenophobic, discussing a clamp-down on border security:
“We don’t want to build a wall to stop [them from entering our country], we want to strengthen border security and we also have an immigration policy because we want to attract skills in our continent.”
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