- Herman Mashaba has weighed in on a debate over whether or not South Africans are 'lazy'
- This comes after protests over foreign nationals being favoured by employers for job opportunities
- The People's Dialogue founder came to Mzansi's defence, blaming the issue on politicians
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Herman Mashaba has come to the nation's defence as #SouthAfricansAreNotLazy went viral on social media.
Briefly.co.za reported that the truck industry has taken to the streets to protest scarce job opportunities being handed over to foreign nationals instead of citizens.
This prompted a debate over whether or not it was worth it to hire South Africans, with some raising the opinion that Mzansi workers tend to drag their feet when it comes to getting the job done.
Ironically, some seized the opportunity to advertise their hustle using the hashtag that was drawing so much attention.
READ ALSO: Truck drivers vow to shut down SA: Protest bosses favouring foreigners
Mashaba, who founded The People's Dialogue, is adamant that SA isn't home to lazy workers, commenting that people needed jobs and economic opportunities:
“South Africans know what can be done to fix the economy, but their voices have been ignored by politicians."
With the Covid-19 crisis expected to result in thousands losing their jobs, Mashaba called for labour relaxations to encourage new opportunities:
“Government must relax our labour laws and allow for more people to be employed as this is the time when unemployment is expected to rise above over 50%. Tax-free zones should be located in areas of high unemployment as part of a wide range of incentive programmes.”
READ ALSO: Ramaphosa: Post Covid-19 economic recovery needs to be "state-led"
Commenting on the job crisis, President Cyril Ramaphosa had warned of the tough times ahead:
“For a country such as ours, which was already facing an unemployment crisis and weak economic growth, difficult decisions and difficult days lie ahead. We would urge that the difficult decisions to be taken are taken with care and with due regard to balancing the sustainability of companies and the livelihoods of workers.
"It is important that whatever is done is underpinned by ensuring a just transition to all concerned."
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