Is it fair to employ Chinese nationals?
Keneilwe North West It’s not fair to employ Chinese people in South Africa because our brothers and sisters living in China are not being employed – no matter how qualified they are. Richard Mpumalanga Chinese companies operate that way. They promise investment in return for employment of their own. I have dealt with three similar offers from Chinese people who get the funding from their government. It’s a smoke screen to say they offer specific skills. We can also learn those skills. Since when did we become redundant or incompetent to absorb skills? Ndimeni Eastern Cape Employing these Chinese nationals is not only unfair but criminally wicked and pernicious for South African labour problems. Phangani N’wabvenula Limpopo It is not fair to employ Chinese nationals, taking into consideration the high unemployment in our country. But I am surprised about this matter because our government and the Chinese are big comrades. It is also not true that our government was not aware of this matter. How did the 242 Chinese land in the country? Where was our home affairs department at our ports of entry? The investigation by the two governments is a smoke screen and waste of time. It is not the first time the Chinese brought their labour to South Africa. During the construction of its embassy building in Hatfield, the workforce was from China. Cosatu made some noise about it, but nothing happened. The investigation is a formality just to fool us. I do not agree with the statement by Mokgadi Pela that local people do not have skills. We black South Africans are hypocrites because if these were fellow Africans from Zimbabwe, we would have toyitoyied and intimidated them. Their compound would have been burnt. But because they are Chinese, the unemployed masses are as quiet as if nothing happened.