- South Africans are calling for change in the country when it comes to the hierarchy of hiring
- Citizens said they are fed up with foreigners getting employed while South Africans have to rely on grants
- Social media users shared their views under the hashtag #NormaliseHiringSACitizens
Unemployment has hit an all-time high in South Africa and it is an issue that has been pushed into the spotlight over the past couple of months. More and more people have to rely on social grants to survive while many of them would have been able to work.
However, with the lockdown putting even more pressure on businesses, more people have lost their jobs, which added to the unemployment numbers rising.
While many have different theories to what is to blame for the issue, there are those who believe it is because South Africans are being overlooked for jobs in their own country.
Just recently, truck drivers protested companies hiring foreigners instead of local drivers.
On Tuesday, #NormaliseHiringSACitizens started trending on Twitter as South Africans called on the government to enforce laws that forces businesses to hire locally.
Lerato Pillay, @uLerato_pillay, commented:
"We don't want basic income grants, we want Government to enforce existing laws that protect SA from being overlooked by employers. You can't build a nation that depends on grants and put a strain on taxpayers. #NormaliseHiringSACitizens"
Another tweep, @mudzu_thabe, added:
"Dear @HomeAffairsSA, we kindly request that you stop issuing any type of work visa and stop renewing existing work visas to non-South Africans until all job-seeking South Africans are employed."
Briefly.co.za earlier reported that the Social Relief of Distress Grant introduced by President Cyril Ramaphosa during the Covid-19 pandemic will come to an end in October.
The Department of Social Development is working on a new universal basic income grant that will take over when the SRD grant ends.
Minister Lindiwe Zulu unveiled this at a virtual briefing over the controversial grants situation.
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