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Gigaba: Migrant hiring in hospitality, construction sectors a concern

Malusi Gigaba says while they encourage companies to employ South Africans, they also condemn exploitation of immigrants.

FILE: Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Home Affairs says the hiring of migrants over South Africans in the hospitality and construction sectors are at the core of the many concerns raised by citizens.

The department says it has decided to pay close attention to resolving these concerns this year and will try to contain possible threats that may arise from the mismanagement of the situation.

On Tuesday, officials met with representatives from the hospitality sector in Pretoria to discuss and encourage the industry to employ more South Africans.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says while his department encourages companies to employ South Africans, it also condemns the exploitation of immigrants.

He says they are aware of companies that employ immigrants with the intention of not paying them or paying them with maize at farms.

“The crux of the matter as observed is that many businesses, particularly in the hospitality and construction sectors, do not hire South African workers, preferring immigrants. It is a matter we cannot put aside thus its prioritisation going forward.”

Gigaba says his department in partnership with the hospitality industry will conduct research into the number of immigrants employed in the industry in order to better regulate it.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)