- A group of protesters has marched against foreign nationals in South Africa
- The protesters accused foreign nationals of being behind the rising number of human trafficking cases in the country
- The protesters, who want the foreigners out the country, marched to the Nigerian embassy in Pretoria
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A group of South African protesters marched against foreign nationals in Mzansi on Wednesday, 23 September. The group calling themselves Only One South Africa accused foreign nationals of being guilty of crimes such as human trafficking.
The protesters expressed that they want Nigerians and Zimbabweans out of the country. They also blamed foreign nationals of ruining communities in South Africa with the drugs. They are demanding that South Africans must be prioritised on home soil.
The hashtag #humantraffickingawareness is currently trending at number one on Mzansi's Twitter. Tweeps have taken to the micro-blogging app to accuse foreigners of being behind the increasing number of human trafficking cases in Mzansi.
eNCA reports that Only One South Africa was also expected to march to the embassies of Nigeria and Zimbabwe in Pretoria.
March organiser @Lerato_Pillay has thanked people who took part in today's demonstrations. He wrote on Twitter:
"The march happened without funding, free transportation, rented crown, and street wise two give aways. Thank you Patriotic South Africans this is just a start and to prove that the call for #PutSouthAfricansFirst is being done peacefully."
Check out some of the tweets from South Africans who used the hashtag #humantraffickingawareness to react to the protest:
"We need to break the silence. Anybody you know can be a victim of human trafficking."
"Deport Nigerians @CyrilRamaphosa. Deport drug dealers, deport illegal immigrants, deport unskilled foreigners, deport Zimbabweans."
"Damaging of our railway stations and trafficking our sisters is terrorism. Nigerians, Zimbabweans, Mozambicans, and Chinese its time to pack your bags and go home."
"When South Africans call for South Africa for South Africans we are labelled xenophobic, and all media platforms and our privileged public figures and celebrities turn a blind eye on us."
News24 reports that Lerato Pillay's Twitter account has been linked to Sifiso Jeffrey Gwala, a former member of the South African Defence Force. The publication reports that the account has been accused of xenophobic tensions in the country.
Tweeps have reacted to the report and some have even shared that they don't care who Lerato Pillay is but they support him.
"I really don't care who Lerato Pillay is, I stand with him. At least he was honest enough to stand for the truth."
"Lerato Pillay must be protected, he is a patriotic South African who seeks to see the people of this country living a better life."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Disturbing footage circulating on social media shows a man claiming to have witnessed the kidnapping of a woman at the Boulders shopping centre in Midrand.
The Gauteng police have clarified what really occurred in Midrand and denied that it was human trafficking incident. Twitter user @ziyanda_mbusi shared the perpetuating the belief that human trafficking is the sole reason why children and women are being kidnapped.
The man claims that he saw a woman being kidnapped at gunpoint at the shopping centre in front of her child. However, Jacaranda FM reports that police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters has refuted the claims. According to Peters, the incident, which occurred on Tuesday, was an armed robbery.
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