Xolani Khumalo, renowned as the host of the popular reality TV series Sizokuthola, has found himself at the centre of a contentious debate in South Africa after calling for an inclusive march. The controversy stems from his recent invitation to foreigners residing in the country to participate in an upcoming march organized by the Xolani Khumalo Foundation. This event, aptly named “A Match for Unity,” aims to address the pressing issue of drug-related crimes.
The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) has thrown its weight behind the Xolani Khumalo Foundation’s march, signalling widespread support for the cause.
Xolani Khumalo’s Clarifications
Xolani Khumalo took to TikTok to provide further details about the march. He urged all participants to wear black attire on the day of the event as a symbol of mourning for South Africa’s current state of affairs, particularly its struggle against drug-related issues. Importantly, Khumalo emphasized that this was not a political gathering and discouraged the use of political attire. Additionally, participants were encouraged to bring candles to partake in a moment of prayer, seeking spiritual intervention.
An Invitation to All South Africans
Khumalo extended his invitation to all South Africans, irrespective of their faith or political affiliation. However, his decision to include foreign nationals in the call to action ignited controversy within the nation.
“We invite all political people, all traditional leaders, all spiritual leaders, and all taxi associations, as long as you are South African. Even if you are a foreign national, as long as you are not engaging in illegal activities, we invite you to join us in our quest for a clean, drug-free South Africa,”
Operation Dudula’s Critique
Operation Dudula, a prominent group advocating against drug-related issues, criticized Xolani Khumalo for including foreign nationals in the anti-drug march. They issued a statement distancing themselves from Khumalo’s event, asserting that foreigners have contributed significantly to South Africa’s problems, including the drug epidemic. The group’s statement emphasized their belief that solving South Africa’s problems should not involve foreigners.
“Operation Dudula added that it does not make sense for South Africans to invite foreigners to fix South Africa’s problems. They said that they will continue with their March to the Nigerian Embassy to demand an immediate mass deportation of all illegal Nigerians in a fight for a drug-free South Africa.”
Operation Dudula firmly believes that illegal foreigners are major contributors to South Africa’s current issues, particularly in the context of substance abuse. Until better control is established over the nation’s borders and corruption within the Home Affairs department is addressed, Operation Dudula does not see foreigners as part of the solution.
South Africans had mixed reactions to Operation Dudula’s critique of Xolani Khumalo’s invitation to foreigners. Some argued that Khumalo was inviting legal, law-abiding foreign nationals who contribute positively to the country, while others accused Dudula of hijacking the march for their own agenda.
Here are some of the reactions on social media:
- @kgakantsho: “But he is not inviting illegal foreigners, is inviting everyone including foreigners who are doing good things, meaning who are legal here and not doing crime.”
- @onalethoriso: “He didn’t say anything about illegal foreigners… Dudula wanted to make this match about themselves and their organisation forgetting the mandate of this match. Foreign nationals who are legally in SA and do not engage in wrongdoing in this country are welcomed!”
- @Patrice_ZA: “So Dudula wanted to make this March about them, not drugs? Disgusting opportunists.”
- @SthiboLawrenc: “No foreigners at the March, legal or not! The March should be a South Africans March.”