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ANALYSIS | Is Gauteng’s plan to ban foreigners from opening businesses in townships unconstitutional?

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A spaza shops owned by a foreigner n Soweto.  Photo by Lucky Morajane
A spaza shops owned by a foreigner n Soweto. Photo by Lucky Morajane

The Gauteng provincial government last week released draft legislation that would see foreign nationals being barred from opening and operating certain businesses in the province's townships.

And if they were found to be in contravention of the legislation, foreign nationals may be jailed for up to six months.

The "Gauteng Township Economic Development Draft Bill" said its intention was to promote and develop the province's township economy by regulating the township economy, and encouraging township procurement.

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