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Gayton McKenzie interview: PA leader vows to ship foreigners out of SA

Andile Sicetsha - 25.05.2021

The Patriotic Alliance’s Gayton McKenzie ruffled political feathers in this Newzroom Afrika interview.

Gayton McKenzie, president of the Patriotic Alliance, gave radical leaders a run for their money when he delivered his party’s foreign and economic policy in a recent Newzroom Afrika interview.

Gayton McKenzie ruffles feathers with ‘wild’ policies

As local government elections loom, McKenzie’s political movement has gained traction. In last week’s by-elections, the PA snatched two crucial wards in Eldorado Park, Johannesburg, from the Democratic Alliance (DA).

The proof of PA’s surge, especially in mixed-race communities, can be seen in the whitewash it delivered in Ward 18, pulling away with 62% of the votes, compared to the DA’s 22%.

In 2016, the PA only had 3% to account for.

Much of the rapid increase in its support can be owed to the party’s hyper-radical and nationalist rhetoric. For the first time, South Africa got a dose of McKenzie’s charged up and highly emotive thoughts on South Africa’s lost identity.

In the interview, which you can watch below, the PA leader accused the government of failing its people, much to the benefit of foreign nationals who, in his view, enjoy untethered access to the country’s riches.

He wildly vowed to take more decisive action in dealing with South Africa’s immigration ‘problem’ by shipping every foreigner out of the country by 15:30 if his party was sworn-in to rule today.

Social media reacts to McKenzie interview

McKenzie’s heated interview sparked divisions on social media, with growing voices finding the octave to show support to the PA leader.

Here are some of the reactions we picked out from social media: