The government of South Africa is planning on restricting employment of foreign nationals in certain sectors of its economy.
The department of employment and labor is crafting an employment policy that gives the minister legal rights to set sectoral targets of foreign nationals being employed in some sectors.
“What could happen is that where there are areas which prefer foreign nationals (for instance restaurants) the minister would determine a percentage of foreign nationals allowed to work in that sector” said Thobile Lamati the Employment and Labour director general.
This phenomenon is not new its a world wide thing. Most countries put their citizens first .
Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi came in support of Lamati’s argument saying the agriculture, private security and hospitality industries preferred to employ foreigners at the expense of South Africans. Which in some cases its a matter of exploitation of cheap Labour as most foreigners always appear to be desperate.
The minister said, ” We must introduce those quotas and stick to them and be hard on them. This is not a xenophobic act neither is it a violation of the International conventions signed by South Africa theirfore it’s going to be a balancing act ”
Opposition DA labour spokesperson Michael Cardo said this was a “mad and dangerous” proposal.
“It would be a nasty exercise in social engineering and whenever and wherever that has been tried throughout history has had ugly consequences”.
The matter is still up for debates, no solid targets have been set so far