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Shame South Africa #xenophobia
« on: April 16, 2015, 06:42:19 AM »
For a country with e name "Africa", xenophobic attacks are a shame!!!!

Johannesburg – The attacks on foreign nationals
are a shameful assault on humanity, the African
National Congress said on Wednesday. “As South
Africans, the far vast majority of whom are deeply
rooted in values of humanity, solidarity and
brotherhood, we are forced to once again hang
our heads in shame in the face of these
misguided and misplaced assaults,” national
spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.
“The very real challenges faced by the South
African people of poverty, unemployment and
underdevelopment cannot be blamed on people of
foreign nationality.”
‘Immigrants are not the enemy’
He said the party was aware of concerns raised
by small business owners who were unhappy
about the presence of immigrants in their
communities. This was why government had
established the department of small business
development, he said.
“Attacking our African compatriots will not
resolve the problem.
“Long before the influx of people from other parts
of Africa into South Africa, our country has
battled with an unequal society as a legacy of our
exclusionary and racist past. Immigrants are not
the enemy,” Kodwa said.
Small Business Minister Lindiwe Zulu came under
fire earlier this year following comments she had
made in the aftermath of the attacks and looting
of foreign owned shops in Soweto, Johannesburg.
Zulu told Business Day at the time that foreign
business owners in the country’s townships could
not expect to co-exist peacefully with local
business owners unless they shared their trade
“Foreigners need to understand that they are here
as a courtesy and our priority is to the people of
this country first and foremost,” she was quoted
as saying.
“A platform is needed for business owners to
communicate and share ideas. They cannot
barricade themselves in and not share their
practices with local business owners.”
‘Barbaric acts’
In KwaZulu-Natal police have been involved in
running battles with locals and foreigners
following attacks and looting on shops in and
around Durban.
At least five people have been killed – including a
teenager – and 46 people have been arrested
since the violence flared in Isipingo, outside
Durban on Friday.
Around 7 000 people of different nationalities are
living in tents provided by the provincial
government for those displaced by the violence.
The ANC on Wednesday called on communities
around the country to stop these “barbaric acts”
which fed into a narrative of a violent society,
devoid of compassion.
“The law enforcement agencies must act without
any fear or favour to halt this state of affairs and
bring all transgressors to book.
“It is not the role of or communities to violently
police the legality or lack thereof of those who
reside amongst us,” he said.-News24


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