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« on: April 16, 2015, 06:52:57 AM »
Durban attacks a disgrace for SA: ANC
The African National Congress (ANC) on
Wednesday say South Africans should be
ashamed of the on-going “barbaric” attacks on
foreign nationals that have left four people dead
and displaced hundreds.“Regardless of the cause
of these barbaric deeds, the ANC regards them
as criminal acts against vulnerable and
defenceless people who have sought refuge,
solace and economic prosperity in our country,”
the ruling party says after police largely failed to
contain xenophobic violence in Durban on
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says South
Africa’s hard won democracy also belonged to
the rest of the continent and many of those who
have found themselves under attack hail from
countries who had whole-heartedly supported the
anti-apartheid struggle.“These unpardonable
attacks against them are a shameful assault on
our very humanity.
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.”He adds that
South Africans could not blame poverty and
unemployment for the attacks and extended the
ruling party’s condolences to the victims of the
attacks.“Ours is a nation that has faced and
defeated the very worst of human brutality during
apartheid, our people cannot be the ones to
inflict such heinous cruelty on our fellowmen.”-
Xenophobic attacks: SA won’t deploy army
South African police minister, Nathi Nhleko says
he will not yet deploy the army to address the
xenophobic attacks in Durban. Speaking on
Morning Live on Wednesday, Mr Nhleko said
government is working with different stakeholders
to resolve the issue. He said they are looking for
long term interventions that will avoid a
recurrence of the attacks.
On Tuesday, shops belonging to Ethiopians and
Somalians in Durban’s West Street were looted.
Police had to use tear gas to disperse the mob
after tyres were burnt.
Meanwhile, the country’s Home Affairs Minister
Malusi Gigaba has dismissed reports that he has
apologised to King Goodwill Zwelithini for
reprimanding him over the comments he made
about foreign nationals.
Addressing displaced foreign nationals, Mr Gigaba
said leaders should refrain from using
inflammatory language.-SABC News
Flames of hate engulf Durban
The Durban city centre was a battlefield yesterday
with mobs of South Africans attacking foreign-
owned shops, and foreigners taking up arms to
fight back.About 200 people stoned foreign-
owned shops on Dr Pixley KaSeme Street (West
Street), prompting riot police to shut down the
area. The battles broke out within an hour of
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba assuring
diplomats from Nigeria, Somalia, Malawi,
Mozambique and Ethiopia that their citizens
would be protected.
At the same time the ministers of the justice,
crime prevention and security cluster tried to
assure the country that “everything was under
control” and that there was no xenophobia.
They said the ongoing violence in Durban – which
has left at least five people, including a 14-year-
old, dead – was ideological.
The attacks spread further north last night. Two
foreign-owned shops were looted during load-
shedding in Verulam.
Police spokesman Colonel Jay Naicker said the
two shops were looted at 7pm.
“A case of business robbery has been opened.
No-one was injured and a 31-year-old suspect
was arrested. He will appear in court soon,”
Naicker said.
Police remained on high alert in the Durban city
centre last night.
In the past three weeks thousands of foreigners
have been driven from their homes in Isipingo,
Chatsworth, Umlazi, KwaMashu and Sydenham,
and placed in transit camps in Isipingo and
The violence followed comments King Goodwill
Zwelithini made in Pongola last month that
foreigners should leave South Africa. He has
denied saying this.
Yesterday, police warned shop owners on Dr
Pixley KaSeme Street to stay in their shops as
they used stun grenades, water cannons and
rubber bullets to disperse the mob.
“Please help us. They want to kill us,” Ethiopian
shop owner Aka Bob Amaha said. “We can’t stay
in our shops waiting for them to burn us.”
Foreigners who own shops on Point Road
declared they were not willing to “be prey for
South Africans”. Armed with axes, machetes and
sticks, about 1000 foreigners burned tyres,
overturned bins and waited for the mob to arrive.
“We heard that they are attacking foreigners on
West Street, and near The Workshop shopping
centre so we are ready to fight back when they
come here,” a Nigerian man said.
Dozens of foreigners sought refuge at the
Diakonia Council of Churches building near the
Victoria Embankment.
Paramedics treated four people in the city centre.
“Three patients were stabbed. One patient was
burnt. All patients are stable,” Robert Mckenzie, a
paramedic with the KwaZulu-Natal Emergency
Medical Services, said.
He said the burn case was in Dr Pixley ka Seme
Street and private ambulances transported two of
the patients.
Earlier, Gigaba, who is leading the inter-
ministerial team responsible for ending the
xenophobic attacks, said the police would end the
“We will arrest and prosecute to send the correct
He said President Jacob Zuma had issued a
directive to remove foreigners from scenes of
violence and to provide them with temporary
shelter until they could be reintegrated into
Speaking at a briefing of the justice, crime
prevention and security cluster in Cape Town,
Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko said: “I can tell
you now that this so-called xenophobia is not
that. It’s more ‘Afrophobia’. It’s ideologically
driven. But we are on top of it. We are in control
and are handling the situation well.
“We have early-warning centres and a 24-hour
hotline. But it requires the involvement of
communities to stop this sporadic violence,” he
Asked why the government was refusing to use
the term xenophobia, Nhleko said the violence
was not aimed at all foreigners.
“It is African on African. It is not on other
Asked about attacks at the weekend against
Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals in
Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, he again said the
violence was ideologically driven.
“We have plans in place to address the violence.
Like we did when it erupted in Soweto in January
and like we did in 2008,” he said, referring to
xenophobic violence that gripped the country
seven years ago and left 63 people dead.
Ingrid Palmary, an associate professor at the Wits
African Centre for Migration and Society, said the
government’s comments were deeply frustrating.
“We are in the midst of some of the worst
violence since the 1980s. It is targeted at
foreigners, but the fact that it is not targeted at
all foreigners doesn’t mean that it’s not
xenophobic. The violence is still driven by anti-
foreigner sentiment,” she said.
What was surprising was how much the
government invested in saying the violence was
not xenophobia, Palmary said.
“It’s alarming that there hasn’t been a consistent
and strong message from our leaders, with even
tacit support [of the attacks] emerging from some
Palmary said there had not been a successful
prosecution for xenophobia since 2008.
“It’s clear people are getting away with this.
Prosecutions are exactly where we should be
focusing our attention on to send out strong
messages that this will not be tolerated.
“[The increase of xenophobia] is something to be
worried about. We must ask: if it’s so easy for
the fundamental rights of one group to be
trampled, who is next?”
Trish Erasmus, head of the Lawyers for Human
Rights refugee and migrant rights programme,
criticised Nhleko’s remarks that the situation was
under control and that the violence was
“It’s all very well to have academic debates
about the causes of xenophobia, which are
important for future prevention strategies, but at
the same time we need to realise that we are
dealing with an urgent crisis. We need a more
coherent and decisive response from the
government. It’s clear the government hasn’t
learnt from its mistakes from 2008.”
Back in 2008, after a wave of killings of
foreigners, former president Thabo Mbeki said
South Africa “bowed its head in shame” and
promised that all would be done to prevent
attacks in future.
But since then there have been many outbreaks
of violence aimed at foreigners, mostly from
neighbouring African countries.
Mbeki’s government blamed criminal elements
and refused to use the term “xenophobia”.
He said: “E verything I know about my people
tells me that … [they] are not xenophobic. These
masses are neither antipathetic towards, nor do
they hate foreigners.”
As violence spread in Durban and surrounding
areas this week, calls were made for President
Jacob Zuma to address the nation.
His administration has resorted to issuing
statements and holding press briefings
condemning the violence.
Zuma has assigned three ministers to attend to
the issue, which his officials insist should be
called “Afrophobia”.
Seven years ago, Mbeki said his government
would “do everything possible and necessary to
ensure that we have no need in future to proffer
this humble apology, which is inspired by genuine
remorse”. – Staff reporter-Times Live
Jail xenophobic attackers: ANC Women’s League
The African National Congress Women’s League
in KwaZulu-Natal today called for displaced
foreigners to be helped by civil society – and for
the perpetrators of xenophobic attacks to be
jailed. Speaking out against the violence including
destruction of property and the looting of shops
in the province‚ ANCWL acting provincial
secretary Weziwe Thusi said in a statement: “The
savagery of the past few days has left close knit
families broken and hundreds of people losing
their hard-earned properties. As an organisation
that has strong ties with all countries in the
continent‚ we will never condone hatred which is
perpetrated by just a few individuals”.
“We call on the police to arrest the perpetrators
and for the National Prosecuting Authority to
ensure that they are prosecuted and given lengthy
jail terms‚” said Thusi.
Although the provincial government and the
eThekwini Municipality are providing help to
displaced foreign nationals‚ Thusi said: “We call
on our people to extend a hand of friendship to
our foreign nationals who are fellow human
She said emergency shelters desperately needed
donations of food‚ basic necessities‚ blankets and
clothes.-Times Live
SA cops, goons in street battles…•Five foreigners
killed since Friday •Concern xenophobia can turn
Bulawayo Bureau—
SOUTH African police fought running battles with
hundreds of locals armed with knobkerries,
pangas and rocks in the port city of Durban
yesterday as a new wave of xenophobia showed
no signs of abetting. Durban’s CBD witnessed
most of the clashes between police, foreigners
and locals, with a car set alight, stun grenades
and tear gas canisters being fired.
Five people have died since Friday, starting with
two Ethiopians who were petrol-bombed in the
container they slept in and ran their small
business from.
No Zimbabwean deaths have so far been
Information, Media and Broadcasting Services
Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo yesterday said
Zimbabwe was watching with concern the
unfolding wave of violence which he said
appeared to be targeted at black Africans.
Whereas most media commentators have
identified the violence as “xenophobia” — a hatred
of foreigners — Prof Moyo used the word
“Afrophobia”, which is a hatred of other Africans.
He warned that xenophobia could “easily mutate”
into genocide.
“Xenophobia today can easily mutate into
genocide tomorrow. Stop It,” the minister said on
Twitter, using the hashtag #
Prof Moyo also took aim at Zulu King Goodwill
Zwelithini, whose call for “foreigners to leave”
appeared to have inflamed the latest anti-
foreigner sentiment in KwaZulu Natal Province,
whose capital is Durban.
“King Zwelithini must extinguish what he ignited.
Xenophobia is a crime against humanity,” Prof
Moyo tweeted in one of the first public reactions
from a Zimbabwe Government official to the
violence that has horrified many Zimbabweans.
Reports from South Africa said a crowd of about
700 people gathered at the end of Monty Naicker
Road, where it intersects with Dr Yusuf Dadoo
Road, in the Durban CBD — taunting police and
baying for the blood of foreign nationals.
Police used water cannons and stun grenades to
control the crowds. Pictures of a man showing
injuries to his right leg circulated online with
claims that he had been shot by police using
rubber bullets.
As commuters headed home late in the afternoon,
sirens wailed throughout the seaside city and a
pall of smoke rose from the CBD.
Police spokesperson Jay Naicker said: “The police
are still monitoring the situation.”
When asked to clarify unconfirmed reports on
social media that a Pakistani national had been
shot, or had been set alight, he replied: “We heard
that there was a man injured but we cannot
confirm at this stage as no case has been
opened.” Rights group Amnesty International
called on South Africa authorities to “launch full,
transparent and independent investigations, and
bring suspected perpetrators to account.”
“The prevailing culture of impunity must be
stopped,” said Sicel’mpilo Shange-Buthane,
executive director of Amnesty International-South
“Amnesty International has repeatedly appealed to
the South African government, including in
January this year, to develop a systematic plan
involving the police and other agencies to prevent
and protect refugees from targeted attacks,” he
Zimbabwean consul-general Mr Batiraishe
Mukonoweshuro said: “Embassy officials arrived
in Durban today (yesterday) to work with the host
Government in identifying the affected people.
Logistics will also be worked to assist those,
including those without proper documentation,
who are willing to return home and also how
some can be integrated in communities willing to
accommodate them. If there are gross cases we
will be able to know them tomorrow.” The Durban
violence outbreak follows similar uprisings in
Soweto where foreign shops were looted and
foreigners displaced three weeks ago.
In 2008, in the worst violence to date against
foreigners, over a dozen people were killed –
some burnt alive through necklacing, a barbaric
slow-killing method in which a burning tyre is
placed around one’s neck.
At the time, President Thabo Mbeki – horrified by
the violence – said South Africans’ heads were
“bowed in shame”.
“We’ve always known that regardless of the
boundaries drawn by others to define us as
different and separate from our kith and kin, and
even despite our occupation of different spaces
across the divides occasioned by the existence of
the oceans that nature has formed, we share with
those of whom we are part, a common destiny,”
President Mbeki said.
South Africa is home to thousands of
Zimbabweans, many of them illegal residents.
Only last week, President Mugabe – on a State
visit to Zimbabwe’s southern neighbour –
thanked the South African government for its
“tolerance” shown to Zimbabwean immigrants
over the years.
“We owe you not just a gesture of thankfulness,
which we must express, but we owe you that
thankfulness for the tolerance there has been on
the part of the government here, as our people
have really offended your system by jumping the
border and disturbing even the social system
here,” the President said.
There have been calls by Zimbabweans on social
media for locals to boycott a show by Durban-
based group Big Nuz in protest against the
xenophobic violence. The group is due to perform
in Bulawayo on Friday.
Not everyone agrees with a boycott. One Twitter
user shot back: “Might as well boycott all SA
products in Zimbabwean shops over xenophia
while you’re at it #slipperyslope.”
Another user @patphiri said: “So are people also
going to boycott #SABC soapies/ SA PSL/ SA
booze or #BigNuz are the fall guys?”
Meanwhile, Prof Moyo also hit back at ANC
secretary-general Gwede Mantashe’s criticism of
President Mugabe’s treatment of whites, saying
Zimbabwe did not agree with the ANC’s view on
Prof Moyo tweeted a link to a story headlined
“We differ with Mugabe on whites: Mantashe” and
commented: “And we differ with ANC on blacks!”
“In Zanu-PF we reject Afrophobia,” Prof Moyo
said in another tweet.
His comments were in reaction to Mantashe’s
claim on Monday that the ANC “theorises
colonialism differently to Zanu-PF” and has no
desire to “drive white people into the sea”.
Ethiopian dies after xenophobia violence in KZN
Johannesburg – One of the two Ethiopian
brothers who were burned by a rampaging mob in
xenophobic violence in Durban has died, a
community leader said on Sunday.
The two men were in their shop in Umlazi, south
of Durban, when it was petrol-bombed on Friday
“The hospital has informed us that our brother
[meaning a fellow Ethiopian] died. They said he
died shortly after arriving in hospital,” said
Ephraim Meskele, leader of the Ethiopian
community in Durban.
Meskele said the other brother had severe burns
and was “fighting for his life” in hospital.
“This is like a war zone. It’s like we are in Syria. I
have never seen such cruelty,” Meskele told AFP.
Over a thousand mostly African foreign nationals
have fled their homes in townships around Durban
since xenophobic attacks and looting erupted two
weeks ago.
They are currently housed in makeshift camps, as
police and politicians attempt to restore order.
According to Meskele, the Ethiopian community
was the worst affected.
Police said the reason for the outbreak in
xenophobic attacks was unclear, with
contradictory reports about the death toll.
According to police spokesperson Thulani Zwane,
four people had died in the violence, but some
media reports put the figure at six.
A total of 17 people have been arrested in two
Meskele blamed the police for failing to enough to
prevent the orgy of violence and looting of
foreign-owned shops in the townships.
“We have heard from our members that some
police officers are actually encourage the looting.
That is shameful,” said Meskele.
Violence against African immigrants in South
Africa is common, with impoverished locals
accusing foreigners of taking their jobs and
The government has condemned the violence, with
President Jacob Zuma sending a team of officials
to assess the situation.
“We reiterate that there can be no justification for
attacking foreign nationals,” Zuma said on
The latest round of xenophobic violence came just
months after similar attacks around Soweto in
Johannesburg. -News24
Zim minister’s views on xenophobia
Harare – Former education minister David Coltart
on Wednesday said that comments by a top
official from President Robert Mugabe’s
government slamming xenophobic violence in
South Africa were “hypocrisy of the highest
“One cannot pick and choose what types of
xenophobia or racism are acceptable or not,”
Coltart said in a Facebook post.
“One cannot say that it is fine to make
inflammatory racist remarks against one race and
then condemn xenophobia or racist behaviour
directed against another group,” said the lawyer,
who served as education minister during
Zimbabwe’s 2009-13 coalition government.
Coltart was responding to Information Minister
Jonathan Moyo.
Earlier this week Moyo had hit back at comments
from the ANC’s Gwede Mantashe who said the
governing South African party “had no desire to
drive white people into the sea”.
Productive white farmers
Mantashe’s remarks may in part have been
prompted by Mugabe’s declaration during a state
visit to South Africa last week that he did not
“want to see a white face”.
In his tweet hitting back at Mantashe, Moyo
wrote: “We differ with the ANC on blacks!”
Coltart wrote: “To this day [Mugabe's] Zanu-PF
is still kicking productive white farmers off land,
simply because they are whites who do not
happen to support them.”
At least 13 white farmers have been killed and
tens of thousands of black farm-workers have
lost their jobs since Mugabe, now 91, began a
programme of white farm takeovers in 2000.
The former education minister said many
Zimbabweans who had fled to South Africa during
recent years left due to a “succession of brutal
and destructive policies implemented by Moyo’s
Zimbabweans were on Wednesday mulling holding
protests against xenophobia outside the South
African embassy in Harare, according to social
networking sites.- NEWS24


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