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South Africa has asked a court to fine the local company of Huawei Technologies for violating rules on hiring locals and ordered the company to change its practices. The country’s labor ministry said on Friday, according to a report on the ONA website citing Reuters on Feb 11.

FILE PHOTO: A smartphone with the Huawei and 5G network logo is seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration picture taken January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo

Citing a 2020 audit report, the Labor Department said about 90 percent of employees at local Huawei companies were foreigners, exceeding the 40 percent cap on hiring foreigners and violating “fair employment” rules. Huawei needs to hire 60 percent South Africans and 40 percent foreign nationals as required by the Immigration Regulations.

The Labor Ministry said it had filed court papers seeking a fine of 1.5 million rands ($99,151) or 2 percent of annual turnover in 2020 against local companies for Huawei’s alleged rule violations.

The lawsuit is the first legal challenge by the South African government against the Communist China tech giant, which is responding to U.S. sanctions over allegations that the company’s equipment may be used by the Chinese government for espionage.

Edited and posted by: Kayla

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