The Ad Hoc Joint Committee on Probing Violence
against Foreign Nationals said, it was informed by the police that criminal
elements fuelled the violent attacks against foreign nationals in Alexandra.
The committee met with the Alexandra Police Cluster
and traditional leaders over the weekend where the attacks and looting started
in April this year.
The committee also cited that, this issue is some
of the socio-economic issues that needs to be dealt with in order to curb the
spread of violence and crime.
Ad Hoc Joint Committee chair Tekoetsile
Motlashuping said we have characterised as committee that these are just
attacks on foreigners and they are not xenophobic.
“We have insisted South Africans are not xenophobic
and it’s an insult on the South African population to try to suggest that South
Africans are xenophobic because Foreign national have lived in this country for
a long time without any attacks.
The impression that that is created is that when
you land in to OR Tambo International Airport people attack you. It is not
correct and these attacks are not xenophobic they are criminal element”
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