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Phumzile Van Damme condemns #NigeriansMustGo trend

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Phumzile Van Damme has come out against the #NigeriansMustGo trend on Twitter; this comes days after the DA made it clear that it is looking to criminalise xenophobic hate speech in the country.

The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Phumzile Van Damme took to Twitter on Monday, 28 September 2020, to add her voice to the contentious matter of prioritising South Africans in the country. For weeks now, the country has seen variations of the movement to prioritise South Africans in terms of employment and better living conditions. Some people believe that it is foreign nationals who receive preferential treatment.

Following a news article detailing the arrest of five Nigerian nationals for human trafficking, the article was used as proof of why Nigerian nationals should be deported. In light of the latest developments, Van Damme, whose party is campaigning to have xenophobic hate speech criminalised, commented on the contentious matter.

Van Damme attempted to draw parallels between the recent developments and racism. Her tweets on the matter prompted mixed reactions, considering how contentious the matter is currently.

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Sabelo Makhubo