Is it fair to em­ploy Chi­nese na­tion­als?

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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.

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