MK Vets say protests on hold for now

MK Vets say protests on hold for now

The Africa Solidarity Network has condemned the actions of MK vets who've targeted foreign-owned businesses in Durban CBD during their protests this week.

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A KZN-based solidarity group has condemned the recent march against foreign nationals by MK Veterans.

They marched to the ANC provincial offices on Monday - saying foreign nationals are taking jobs meant for South Africans.

During the march - some shops and stalls run by immigrants were forced to shut down.

The vets were back protesting in the CBD yesterday. They say they want government to completely ban non-South Africans in all job sectors.

Africa Solidarity Network Director Daniel Dunia has called it are acts of xenophobia and says it's a serious violation of human rights. 

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"We are also very disappointed by the government's response to this kind of behaviour. 

"If people can come and occupy places where other people are trading and the government is silent. People will come and loot shops and beat people but the provincial government is silent," he added. 

"This shows something is wrong in the country. We are calling upon the government to intervene as soon as possible before there is a loss of life."

Member of the uMkhontho we Sizwe Vets,  Dumisani Thango says the march has been called off for now. 

"Some members of MK are deployed in those areas that have been cleaned up so that the situation does not go back to square one. We are waiting for the municipality to give us permits to march again."

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