Operation Dudula and Nhlanhla “Lux” Dlamini’s Soweto Parliament held a media briefing on Monday, 25 July, to clarify recent differences in opinion between the two organisations “to mitigate further damage.”
Soweto Parliament president, Dlamini, and Operation Dudula deputy chairperson, Dan Radebe, denied that there’s a rift between the two groups who were all but synonymous before.
However, Dlamini – who has been the face of Operation Dudula until now – announced that he would “focus exclusively” on Soweto Parliament and its programmes.
The announcement came after two meetings between the organisations that ended in a stalemate. That being said, after the second meeting, the organisations agreed to work together on certain issues under different brands.
“Operation Dudula’s stance on all foreigners leaving South Africa versus Soweto Parliament’s stance which is getting rid of only illegal immigrants which has timeously been reiterated by leader Nhlanhla Lux Mohauli on various media platforms and during operations…
“It is against this backdrop that the two organisations resolved to work together albeit away from each other and future collaborations will be clarified with time for the benefit of all South Africans,” read a joint statement.
Operation Dudula has been criticised for being xenophobic by large swathes of society despite repeatedly distancing itself from the label.
As previously reported, in April, President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned the group and referred to it as “a vigilante type” organisation.
“We cannot support a vigilante-type of move against a group of people — and particularly targeting them as foreign nationals, because when we are doing then is just to divide our people on the African continent,” said Ramaphosa.
At the group’s Cape Town launch in May, Operation Dudula’s Regional Secretary of Greater Tshwane, Patrick Mokgalusi, described the movement as a “pressure group” that seeks to ensure that the government enforces its own immigration laws.
As evidenced by the joint statement and recent activities, the group is putting pressure on businesses and employers that employ foreigners regardless of their immigration status.