While Operation Dudula members met over the weekend to report on their efforts to date, social media users compared leader Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini to EFF leader Julius Malema.
Both men made news headlines with their stances regarding undocumented foreign nationals.
Operation Dudula held a community meeting at Dobsonville, Soweto, at the weekend to provide an update on the progress made in its operations against undocumented immigrants who came to look for employment in South Africa.
Dlamini told eNCA that while the organisation had made strides in ridding communities of illegal immigrants who were allegedly committing crimes, these efforts were thwarted by corrupt police officials who accepted bribes instead of instituting arrests.
â€œWhen we had operation o kae molao, people were taken to Lindela [Repatriation Centre]. When they get to Lindela people disappear because they are drowning in corruption.
â€œWe were discussing how we can help police and government so we make sure loose ends are tightened. Sometimes it is not government but that odd police officer who canâ€™t think beyond his hand,â€ said Dlamini.
Operation Dudula, which started its operations in Soweto last year, has been met with mixed reaction to its operations.
Some Twitter users commended Dlamini, who they said unlike Malema is dedicated to defending South Africans who lost jobs or business opportunities to undocumented foreign nationals.
Others came to Malemaâ€™s defence, saying as the leader of one of SAâ€™s biggest political parties, he should not be compared with a leader of a community-based organisation.
Malema has not shied away from speaking publicly about the EFFâ€™s stance on foreign nationals and its support for open borders.
Delivering his Human Rights Day speech on Monday, Malema took shots at Operation Dudula, saying it was blaming the wrong people for â€œANC problemsâ€.
â€œThey are targeting the easy targets in their own brothers and sisters. Why doesnâ€™t Operation Dudula target land? Why not go to farms and attend to farmers targeting the lives of farmworkers?
â€œBe like us in the EFF and confront the white man directly and do not be scared. Protect your African brothers and sisters. Black people are one,â€ said Malema.
Here is what many on social media had to say about Malema and Dlaminiâ€™s responses to undocumented foreign nationals:
Nhlanhla Lux is shaking the entire political landscape. President Cyril Ramaphosa & EFF leader Julius Malema spoke about him & Operation Dudula in their Human Rights Day speeches. #PutSouthAfricanFirst pic.twitter.com/EunxJZd7Gt
— Mark Esparza (@FredBrito10) March 21, 2022
People are really out here comparing Julius Malema to Nhlanhla Lux.
Comparing a whole elected public official who leads the country's third largest political organization in parliament & meets with international leaders….to a leader of a vigilante stokvel. ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ¤£ðŸ¤£ðŸ¤£
— Cameron Kendall (@CameronKendall) March 21, 2022
People trying so hard to discredit Operation Dudula and Nhlanhla Lux, EFF members to be specific pic.twitter.com/DsfrICGb0e
— NDULI ðŸ‡¿ðŸ‡¦ (@mbusi_EMN) March 21, 2022
Haters of Nhlanhla Lux are ANC RET members who wanted malls burned to create more joblessness. They have been having chest pains calling him colonial clerk for simply stopping criminality & saving jobs.
EFF minions hate Nhlanhla for taking attention from their cult god Malema
— ðŸ‡¿ðŸ‡¦Self love=PutSouthAfricansFirstâ¤ðŸ‡¿ðŸ‡¦ (@Palesa99570181) March 21, 2022