- IFP leader Velenkosini Hlabisa says that unskilled foreign nationals have no place in South Africa
- Hlabisa feels that they should instead return to their country of origin to be assisted by their government
- The newly-appointed party head believes allowing them to compete for scarce economic opportunities is 'suicidal'
IFP leader Velenkosini Hlabisa insists that foreigners who have no skills should return to their countries of origin.
Speaking to SowetanLIVE, Hlabisa says that those with no skills to contribute to the economy would only serve as a burden to the state:
"All foreign nationals who are within the country and have skills, but are not documented must be documented and retained. Those without skills, but are looking for jobs, the government must assist them to return to their original countries."
Should the government fail to ensure those who remain are vital to economic growth, according to Hlabisa, it would be a 'ticking time bomb'.
With millions of citizens unemployed, the politician says that allowing those without skills to compete for work and resources is 'suicidal'.
In an interview with Power 98.7, Hlabisa touched on the plight facing unemployed graduates in the country:
“We have a solution regarding the graduates because if the government can have an absorption programme and redeploy into various sectors of the government. Because we are sitting on a ticking time bomb one day these graduates will blast and it will be a terrible thing because it’s a human waste. You pay money to educate people they become graduates, you let them stay at home with nothing to do.”
Briefly.co.za reported that the government is looking to restrict the way foreigners are able to do business in South Africa in a bid to prevent opportunities being lost for citizens.
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