Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Foreigners highlighted to take away attention from real issues.

Foreigners highlighted to take away attention from real issues.

Deeply saddened by the xenophobic attacks against African nationals living in South Africa, the Centre for the Study of violence and Reconciliation said it’s particularly concerned by the intensity of the attacks, destructions and mass displacements of already vulnerable groups in Gauteng. Numfundo Mogapi, Centre for Study of Violence and Discriminations Executive Director said its socio-economic aspects that trigger these attacks on African nationals. 

In March 2019 the South African government launched the National Action Plan to combat xenophobia, racism and discrimination.
Police are struggling to effectively deal with mass violence and looting in various parts of Johannesburg. Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba said he would write to Gauteng Premier David Makhuru, to ask President Cyril Ramaphosa to deploy the South African National Defence Force to assist the South African Police Services. He added that the recent violence targeting foreign national was a crisis that needed to be dealt with urgently. However, Police Minister Bheki Cele has shot down the call for the army to be deployed, saying it would do more harm than good.

Taxi drivers and foreign nationals clashed in the capital last week following the murder of a driver. The South African National Taxi Council has urged commuters in Tshwane to ignore a notice on planned action against foreign nationals this morning.

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Jasmine Johnson-Mazwi
Bush Radio News Editor.



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