- The Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association has zoned in on foreign-owned businesses
- Businesses owned by foreign nationals operating near a Durban shopping centre were forced to shut down on Monday
- This comes after the association made it clear that it wanted only South Africans to occupy the space
A report has detailed how the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association shut down businesses owned by foreign nationals on Monday.
The group insists that businesses near The Workshop shopping centre should allow citizens to occupy the busy area.
The association 'removed' foreign nationals who sold merchandise that 'does not bring value to this country'.
TimesLIVE reports that Zibuse Cele made it clear that the group only wants South African traders in the lucrative area:
"People who will sell traditional pieces like ubuhlalu [beads] things of Zulu heritage, because we do not want people to forget their customs."
This isn't the first time the MKMVA has taken a tough stance against foreign nationals in the country.
SowetanLIVE reports that the group had called for refugee camps to be established for foreigners until 'all illegal immigrants are deported'.
Numerous protests and marches have been held with an alliance forged with unemployed graduates and workers from numerous sectors.
These same citizens joined the association on Monday in a bid to begin 'taking back' Durban.
Police Minister Bheki Cele confirmed that meetings have been arranged in an attempt to come to a resolution on the matter.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that MKMVA members have brought parts of Durban to a standstill on last month after threatening to shut KwaZulu-Natal down on Friday.
The group promised that widespread protests would take place to signal their outrage at the African National Congress over the lack of action concerning corruption.
The high levels of unemployment in South Africa was also highlighted as a major issue by the group.
The group's Dumisani Thango commented on the action undertaken by the MKMVA:
“They are not in a position to take decisive decisions. Our struggle now, the revolution we are about to wage, we are not fooling around. We are going ahead with our planned protest. The ANC has failed to listen to our concerns. I guess the ANC wants us to act."
The MKMVA's provincial committee in the province has distanced itself from the protest, saying that it had not been consulted.
Jazzman Mthembu, PEC secretary, commented on the shutdown and told the SABC that:
“I assume also that regional leaders were not consulted. That is a huge problem because I think if the comrades had engaged us, we would have engaged them on other means to voice their concerns, they did not give us that opportunity to engage them.”
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