A group of people called ‘Put South Africa First’ have marched from Church Square in Pretoria to the Nigerian embassy on Wednesday 23 September demanding an end to human trafficking and illegal foreign nationals and other crimes.
Organisations and citizens alike were calling for mass action against illegal immigrants for what is called the abuse of South Africans’ diplomacy.
Outside the embassy was the Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Karibu Bala who addressed the protesters.
He said that he would not allow Nigerians to be profiled as criminals in this country.
Ike Khumalo, a protestor says that the state was instead rewarding foreign nationals with jobs and businesses rather than deporting them amidst increased levels of crime, high unemployment and economic decline.
“Everything that we want, they want. We can’t give jobs to the whole continent. We are competing at the hospital, if you want to see an orthopedic, you must wait until next year February because in front of you there are illegal immigrants. You want to board a train, they have destroyed the train infrastructure. You want Eskom, they have destroyed them. There is no Constitution that can serve everyone. Who is everyone?”, he said.