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23 Feb 2017

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Times Live (South Africa)

So. Africa: Home Affairs minister blames business as xenophobia spreads; says business must comply with the country's laws on employing migrants

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"Gigaba blames business as xenophobia spreads", 23 Feb 2017

Business‚ specifically the hospitality and retail sectors‚ are being targeted by the Home Affairs Minister‚ Malusi Gigaba‚ as he addresses tensions between citizens and foreign nationals...Addressing a briefing on growing xenophobia in 2017‚ with outbreaks on violence in Gauteng‚ the minister told a briefing in Cape Town that there should be compliance with the Constitution and other laws of the Republic‚ by citizens and foreign nationals..."Business is a critical partner in managing anti-immigrant sentiments and more will be expected of them...In many cases business incentivises irregular migration‚ and those contributing to questionable labour practices must be held to account. It is far easier and convenient for some to target desperate and vulnerable migrants than the unscrupulous employers who deliberately fuel tensions in the labour market..." [Gigaba said] a total of 63 people who were employed by the Spar without documentation were arrested at three Spar supermarkets...I have directed my office to set up a meeting with the management of Spar to discuss labour issues."