- Economic Freedom Fighter Julius Malema has held a media briefing on Monday and addressed labour issues surrounding foreign nationals in the country
- Malema called on companies to ensure they have 60% locals employed before a foreign national is appointed
- However, this move raised a few eyebrows and questions over where this quota had
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EFF leader Julius Malema has vowed to take nationwide action against companies that have claimed from the UIF and not yet paid out employees.
Speaking during a media briefing in Braamfontein, Malema called upon workers to contact the party and report companies that have been withholding the funding or not paying the UIF itself.
Malema also committed the EFF Labour Desk to conduct nationwide visits to ensure a quota of at least 60% South Africans are employed by businesses:
"The EFF Labour Desk in all parts of South Africa will visit different establishments to ensure that the employment of a minimum 60% South Africans is a reality."
The EFF leader denied that this plan was xenophobic in any way, explaining that:
"This programme is not xenophobic, but aimed at guaranteed protection of all employees in different sectors of the economy..."
Malema further explained that the party's intentions are to protect foreign nationals from companies seeking to profit off of their labour unfairly:
"While we are committed to pan Africanism, we have realized that many companies employ our brothers and sisters from other parts of the African continent so that they can exploit them and not protect their labour rights"
Malema is of the view that, due to high unemployment rates, resentment is divisive between SA citizens and fellow Africans:
"It is their long-held strategy of divide and conquer because by exclusively employing our African brothers and sister, the establishment causes a divide amongst Africans."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Economic Freedom Fighter leadership, including Julius Malema, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and Veronica Mente, have come to Naledi Chirwa's defence.
This comes after an anonymous social media account threatened to release an exposé on the EFF MP's 'Malawian' family.
Chirwa has been honest about her heritage for nearly a decade, confirming her nationality back in 2013:
"Dad from Malawi, mom from Zimbabwe, and I'm South African... But this was supposed to be picture perfect."
Malema responded to the account's attempt to call Chirwa into question, commenting that:
“Mxm, sies. Naledi Chirwa is us, and we will defend her with everything. Pillay, are [you] South African wena?”
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