Most don’t employ locals or pay tax

2011-05-28 11:54

I would like to add my voice to the noise from The Greater Johannesburg Business Forum and other business ­associations regarding the issue of ­foreigners trading in townships.

The business dynamics in townships are different to that in any other ­environment, hence you see the mass of foreign traders in townships.

I have dealt extensively with foreigners, and the first thing that is sad about our country is how it can allow so many undocumented foreigners to roam our country and get into all sorts of criminal activities.

It really portrays our country as weak, lawless, corrupt and accommodating to all sorts of foreigners.

The reality is that in a lot of cases we are funding terrorism in Africa and the Middle East. Most of the Somali and Pakistani traders are illegal, have not registered for tax, and their businesses are not properly registered.

They make a quick profit and ship the funds to their home countries to fund their terrorist activities.

They do not employ locals and the economy does not benefit whatsoever. Worse, some of the products they sell have reached their expiry date, are ­unhygienic and dangerous for human consumption.

Yet, ill-informed South Africans are quick to brand us as xenophobic.

I have said many times that our naive and indifferent government is compounding the situation.

Locals should stop defending the foreigners because of the little credit they obtain from these illegal immigrants, as it is the local job creation initiatives that suffer and the national fiscus that does not benefit from aliens’ businesses.

Foreigners should be prohibited from opening any shops whatsoever in the townships.

If government fails to assist black small traders in their plight then we will be forced to take matters into our own hands and drive foreigners away.

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