South Africa’s population is growing at a rate that exceeds resources and competition for these resources is one of the main hotbeds of violence against foreigners.
The #Put South Africa First (PSAF) movement is gaining ground among South Africans who believe the government’s failure to monitor borders and enforce immigration laws is the reason the population is increasing in excessive pace.
PSAF activist Onalerona Sedibe said the message was clear and aimed to give South Africans a voice, “vent their frustrations and put pressure on the ANC-led government which refused to enforce the laws on immigration and employment to protect South Africans ”.
Sedibe said the problem was not just population growth, but the government’s inability to “follow proper laws and procedures.”
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“The government must deport illegal immigrants, secure the country’s borders, hold employers accountable for employing illegal immigrants and also prioritize South African citizens for entry-level jobs,” Sedibe said.
“We’re really not asking for much, we just want the government to do what the law says. Why can’t they just obey the law they continue to impose on us. Why do they pick and choose what is relevant? “
However, according to experts, although it could all come down to population growth, no system failure was ever caused by a single cause, something as deep as a breakdown in service delivery was usually due. to multiple interconnection problems.
Socio-Economic Rights Organization research and advocacy director Alana Potter said there were three main reasons services were failing, which made it clear that population growth was a problem and that the government was struggling to keep up.
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“The only problem is that the whole tax framework of local government is based on the idea that people can pay for services. But, in reality, people are too poor, ”she said.
“The reality is that at least 50% of South Africans live below the poverty line, so they are not receiving any payment they thought they were getting, or on which the whole framework is based. “