Following days of xenophobic violence in KwaZulu-Natal, foreign business owners in the Johannesburg CBD yesterday fell victim to widespread and seemingly coordinated attacks.
According to local reports, attacks are currently under way in KwaThema, near Springs on the East Rand.
Coordinated Xenophobic Attacks
Of particular concern is the seemingly coordinated nature of the attacks and almost total lack of police intelligence to prevent it from occurring.
South Africa prides itself on a Constitution founded on a shared respect for the human rights of all persons, and it is up to each and every one of us to strongly condemn acts of violence against our fellow humans simply because of their origin.
While the cause of the xenophobic violence may have been fanned by remarks of certain senior leaders, Premier Makhura, his Cabinet and the provincial ANC as a collective must take a stand, and condemn xenophobia in the strongest terms.
South Africa Owes those Nations
Premier Makhura, many African nations opened their arms to the ANC during the struggle for a free and democratic South Africa.
Those nations trained, fed, clothed, sheltered and provided financial support to the liberation struggle at great peril to themselves – and South Africans today owe those nations and their people a great debt of gratitude.
It is the duty of every South African to stand up against xenophobia and build a South Africa where everyone feels safe and at home.
To this end, the DA calls on the Premier to liaise closely with the police and municipal law enforcement agencies and do everything possible together to prevent further looting and violence.
Solly Msimanga MPL
DA Gauteng Provincial Chairperson
060 558 8308