IN-DEPTH | 'Removing foreign nationals by force': What is Operation Dudula?

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Disgruntled Soweto residents participate in a march under the banner of Operation Dudula in Diepkloof in Soweto on June 16 2021 with the aim of closing down all shops owned by undocumented immigrants and to highlight the scourge of drugs. Photo: Tebogo Letsie
Disgruntled Soweto residents participate in a march under the banner of Operation Dudula in Diepkloof in Soweto on June 16 2021 with the aim of closing down all shops owned by undocumented immigrants and to highlight the scourge of drugs. Photo: Tebogo Letsie

Police used rubber bullets, teargas, and water cannons to disperse a crowd of angry protesters a part of Operation Dudula in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, on Sunday, Kaya 959 reported.

The group, which consists of a group of residents from Soweto and Alexandra, is accusing undocumented foreign nationals of being responsible for the rising levels of crimes in communities, as well as running drug and prostitution syndicates. 

News24 examined what Operation Dudula is, what it seeks to achieve, and what it has done so far: 

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