A war of words has erupted between the Independent Democrats and the Democratic Alliance, after DA MP Sandy Kalyan said at a debate in Johannesburg on Wednesday that "South Africans are lazy and do not want to work as car guards or gardeners".
The debate between the ANC, ID, DA, Cope, IFP and UDM on "Migration, the Media and the Election" hosted by Fray Intermedia, was broadcast on SAfm yesterday morning.
ID chief whip Lance Greyling says "Kalyan's statement is an insult to the millions of South Africans who go out daily and search for work on empty stomachs".
But Kalyan told Sowetan that "my comment was taken off a research paper which indicated that many unskilled South Africans do not want to do menial tasks".
"What I said was not my own invention," she added.
The research paper, by the Southern African Migration Project based at the University of the Witwatersrand, will be launched next week.
But Southern African Migration Project director Loren Landau said Kalyan had not read his research properly.
"Ms Kalyan's quotes reflect a misreading of the study's findings. Some non-nationals had the perception that they might have been getting work because South Africans were lazy but this does not reflect fact, nor is it what the study concluded."