An EFF member, The Battalion 54, has blamed the homicide of 43-year-old Zimbabwean gardener, Mhbodazwe Elvis Nyathi, on Operation Dudula and its chief.
Taking to his Twitter web page, The Battalion 54, stated that it was after Operation Dudula and its chief, Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini, had interfered in the Diepsloot dispute, that the Elvis Nyathi received set ablaze.
He ended the tweet as he requested whatâ€™s the bail situation of Operation Dudula chief, Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini.
Community chief Lefa Nkala: â€œIt is very much concerning and it is very unfortunate and we want to send our condolences to the family and to talk to our community members that they must not deviate from what they have started and what we know as South Africans, every time thereâ€™s a protest, there are criminals that take advantage of the situation.â€
The Battalion 54: â€œViolent Vigilante group Dudula interfered in Diepsloot protest. One person was burnt to death. Whatâ€™s the bail condition for that Nhlanhla Lux boy?â€
Violent Vigilante Group Dudula interfered in Diepsloot Protest one Person was burnt to Death. What is the bail condition for that Nhlanhla lux boy. pic.twitter.com/RM9E8YzP8a
— Battalion 54 (@54Battalion) April 7, 2022
Community leaders in Diepsloot have also banned Operation Dudula leader, Nhlanhla â€˜Luxâ€™ Dlamini Mohlauli from coming to Diepsloot again after accusing him of trying to hijack their protest.
Diepsloot community leaders spoke out against Nhlanhla Lux, saying they have their own representatives after he addressed crowds in the area and stole the show from senior government officials.
Nhlanhla Lux visited the area on Wednesday afternoon following protests over rampant crime.
Operation Dudula is an anti-foreigner campaign that blames undocumented migrants for all crimes.
Community leader Andrew Malaka said, â€œNhlanhla Lux is confusing the community because heâ€™s coming from Soweto here to check what the community is doing.â€
â€œI think heâ€™s seen it in one of the, on the news, then he take that advantage to come here and check what weâ€™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 heâ€™s seen on the news. He wanted to hijack, to be popular with this thing.â€
â€œThis thing is for community, not for anyone. So he hijacked what the people of Diepsloot are fighting for. We are not fighting for anything beside the service delivery in Diepsloot.â€
What also didnâ€™t go down too well with the government officials and community leaders was the fact that the police minister was humiliated as crowds deserted his speech and stormed to listen to Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla Lux Dlamini who had led an impromptu march against undocumented foreigners whom they accuse of illegally working in South Africa and committing a series of heinous crimes including murder and rape against South Africans.