- Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi is in the spotlight as truck drivers continue to protest foreign nationals being employed over locals
- Nxesi insists that SA cannot ban a company from employing foreigners due to a number of treaties signed by the country
- However, the trucking industry insists they won't back down until something is done about the situation
Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi is facing thousands of calls to step down from his office after defending the rights of foreign nationals in South Africa.
Briefly.co.za reported that the trucking industry is protesting the high number of foreign nationals occupying positions they feel should be given to locals instead, especially at a time when unemployment rates are at crisis levels.
However, Nxesi explained that SA had entered into a number of agreements with fellow African nations and couldn't simply ban companies from handing job opportunities over to immigrants.
The minister pointed out that a policy limiting the number of foreigners a South African company may employ is already in the pipeline, but protestors aren't satisfied.
Instead, they called on the minister to put a stop to foreigners being employed in the interim while the government finalises this quota system and continue to protest in the meantime.
Truck drivers say they are now waiting for Nxesi to say something 'positive' or the protest will continue.
Gauteng Secretary of the All Truck Drivers Foundation, Mandla Mngomezulu says that his hands are tied in the matter and that he is unable to prevent drivers from protesting:
"The truck drivers are refusing to work. The violence must stop and maybe the minister can say something that's positive.
"We asked drivers yesterday [Tuesday] to stay at home. We are saying they should stay away and sit at home. Maybe the minister will come up with something."
eNCA reports that the first day of the national shutdown was marred by violence and intimidation as hundreds of riled protesters took to the streets in Johannesburg to voice their frustration.
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