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Gigaba urges businesses not to employ illegal immigrants

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba confirmed that a protest against foreigners will take place in the Pretoria CBD on Friday.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has urged local business owners not to employ undocumented immigrants.

Speaking in Parliament on Thursday, Gigaba confirmed a protest march against foreigners will be allowed to take place in the Pretoria CBD on Friday.

He has urged those taking part to act within the law.

Dozens of shops and properties owned by foreigners have been targeted in Attridgeville, Mamelodi, Pretoria West and Rosettenville this month. A march led by a group of Mamelodi residents against foreign nationals will take place in the Pretoria CBD on Friday, fuelling concerns of further xenophobic violence.

Malusi Gigaba has appealed to participants to abide by the law.

“Disgruntlement raised by communities is around competition for jobs, access to economic opportunities and alleged criminal activities involving foreign nationals, including among those, drug peddling and prostitution, as well as the hijacking of houses. I have met with protest organisers and have appealed to them to express themselves responsibly.”

Gigaba says a number of illegal foreign nationals have been arrested at a Pretoria business and the employers have also been taken into custody.

(Edited by Refilwe Thobega)