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WATCH:Gayton McKenzie praises foreigners...says South Africans are lazy

by Nkululeko Nkomo
12 Dec 2023 at 05:31hrs | Views
In a resurfaced vintage video circulating on the internet, Gayton McKenzie, leader of the Patriotic Alliance, is under fire for controversial remarks made during an interview on SABC's Morning Live show. In the clip, McKenzie purportedly asserts that black South Africans are lazy compared to migrants from Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Pakistan who, according to him, come to South Africa and achieve success. The video further claims that McKenzie suggested that if all migrants were to leave the country simultaneously, South Africa would collapse.

The video has gained traction online, sparking outrage and accusations of hypocrisy against McKenzie, particularly in light of the Patriotic Alliance's current anti-foreigner stance. The party's platform has been centered on xenophobia, advocating for stricter immigration policies and measures against foreign nationals residing in South Africa.

Adding to the controversy is a recent speech made by McKenzie during the Patriotic Alliance's 10th-anniversary celebration. In the speech, McKenzie reportedly stated that if he wins the 2024 elections, he intends to visit every hospital and remove oxygen pipes from foreigners admitted there. The inflammatory remarks, coupled with the vintage video, have intensified the public's condemnation of McKenzie's views.

On X (formerly Twitter), users have been quick to accuse McKenzie of hypocrisy, pointing to the stark contrast between his earlier statements praising migrant success and the party's current anti-foreigner rhetoric. The resurfaced video has reignited discussions on the implications of such divisive narratives, especially when propagated by political figures.

The Patriotic Alliance's controversial stance on foreigners has faced scrutiny in the past, with critics condemning the party's rhetoric as contributing to xenophobia and tensions within South African communities. As the vintage video continues to circulate, it remains to be seen how the revelations will impact the Patriotic Alliance's standing and McKenzie's leadership in the run-up to the 2024 elections.

Watch the video below:

Source - Byo24News