Nhlanhla Lux, the head of Operation Dudula, has been accused of hijacking the Diepsloot demonstration. Following Lux’s visit to the neighborhood on Wednesday, April 6th, community leaders spoke out about him.
On Wednesday afternoon, Lux arrived in Diepsloot. This comes in the wake of recent protests against out-of-control crime. Diepsloot also hosted the Minister of Police and the National Commissioner.
The two have promised to beef up police presence in the region and put a stop to the criminality. After members of Operation Dudula campaigned against unauthorized foreign nationals, the group made global news.
A frustrated community leader refers to Lux as a ‘hijacker’
Andrew Malaka, a community leader from Diepsloot, spoke about Lux. As he made his way over from Soweto to see what was going on, he stated that Lux is apparently confounding members of the community.
Lux was referred to as a ‘hijacker’ by Malaka. Lux, he says, arrived at Diepsloot after hearing about the protests through the media.
“I think he’s seen it in on the then he takes that advantage to come here and check what we’ve agreed with the community. So this is what I call him a hijacker because from yesterday [Tuesday] he was not here, from today [Wednesday] in the morning he was not here. He came today after he was seen on the news. He wanted to hijack, to be popular with this thing.”
Andrew Malaka, Diepsloot community leader
Malaka told eNCA that the protests are for the community and that they have nothing to do with anyone outside of Diepsloot..
“He [Lux] hijacked what the people of Diepsloot are fighting for. We are not fighting for anything besides the service delivery in Diepsloot,” said Malaka
One killed in mob justice attack, after demand ‘to see passports’
Tensions have risen to an all-time high in the Gauteng town of Diepsloot overnight, following the murder of a man in an apparent mob justice attack. Elvis Nyathi has been identified as the victim.
Locals claim they are fed up with high crime rates and big numbers of undocumented migrants, and protests have erupted in this region of the province. Nhlanhla Lux, the leader of Operation Dudula, came in Diepsloot on Wednesday, but his presence did little to soothe the growing seas of rage.
Following an outbreak of violence in the township over the weekend, seven persons were slain, all of them are thought to be South African nationals. Since then, the community has been on a knife’s edge, and Police Minister Bheki Cele paid a visit to the region yesterday. His presence, though, was not intimidating.