Operation Dudula vows to ‘entrench anti-illegal migrant’ ideology across SA

The group launched its North West branch in Rustenburg on Wednesday just weeks after KwaZulu-Natal.

Operation Dudula supporters gather at the Olympia Park Stadium in Rustenburg on 27 April 2022 for the group's official launch in the North West. Picture: Masechaba Sefularo/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - Controversial movement Operation Dudula has vowed to entrench its anti-migrant ideology and establish structures across the country.

The group launched its North West branch in Rustenburg on Wednesday, just weeks after doing so in KwaZulu-Natal.

They continue to raise concerns about stirring xenophobic sentiment in the country as they accuse foreign nationals of peddling drugs and contributing to the high unemployment rate.

But they said they were just helping government to enforce its own laws, which includes expelling illegal immigrants.

Backed by other members of the national leadership such as Nhlanhla Lux Mohlauli, Operation Dudula’s deputy chair Dan Radebe has tasked the interim branch leadership in Rustenburg to establish sub-branches in the region and also plan to launch in other towns across the North West.

“We will come and join and assist them within the ambits of the law because we’ve got laws that need to be protected,” Radebe said.

A motorist who had been hooting in support of the march said that he subscribed to Dudula’s ideology.

“It’s our economy, we are stopping illegal immigrants,” he said.

Giving its message of support, groups like the All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa said that it wanted Dudula to address the employment of foreign nationals in the trucking industry.

Much to the disappointment of some supporters that attended, the group did not conduct any searches or ‘operations’ as they call it but they vowed to return to flush out suspected drug dealers and illegal immigrants who they said had taken over the mining town and were contributing to the high crime rate.