Labour View: Blaming ‘illegal’ workers is hypocritical

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Patrick Craven
Patrick Craven

Johannesburg - Three stories recently covered in our local media use the word ‘illegal’ to describe immigrants, construction workers and mine workers.

The first story appeared in December as a report about Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba. The former chairman of civil rights body the Free Market Foundation complained about problems resulting from the influx into the city of undocumented “illegal” immigrants.

Then, on January 26, labour federation Cosatu demanded that 242 Chinese workers be deported, alleging that they were working here “illegally” for a Chinese construction company that had been awarded a tender for a R1.2 billion project at PPC’s Slurry plant in North West.

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