16 April 2015
President Jacob Zuma today
addressed the nation in Parliament on the recent xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu
Natal which he has described as shocking and unacceptable.
Over 74 people have been
arrested and five people have died in the xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu Natal
which has now spread to Gauteng.
President Zuma said no amount
of frustration and anger can justify the attack on foreign-nationals and
looting of their shops. He applied for calm and an end to the violence.
He said there are several
issues that have been raised during these attacks which government is aware of
and sympathetic to include illegal and undocumented immigrants in the country, the
increase of shops or small businesses that are taking over communities and that
foreign-nationals in the country commit or are perpetrators of crime.
President Zuma clarified that
it is misleading and wrong to label all foreign-nationals as criminals and that
not all of them are in the country illegally. He said many of the foreign-nationals
bring scarce skills that help develop the economy.
While addressing the nation
President Zuma said South Africans are generally not xenophobic if they were the
country would not have such a high number of foreign-nationals who have successfully
integrated so well in our communities for so many years.
The Department of Home Affairs
is working towards boosting capacity in order to be able to deal with
immigration issues in the country. Government has also deployed 350 South
African National Defence Force troops to assist on the boarder lines.
President Jacob Zuma said any problems
or issues of concerns to South Africans must be resolved peaceful and through
Labels: President Zuma has called for the xenophobic attacks to stop