‘Xenophobia not a big problem in SA’

2013-06-20 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Xenophobia is, despite regular attacks on foreigners in the country’s informal settlements, not as big a problem as it is currently being portrayed.

This was how President Jacob Zuma yesterday reacted in Parliament to a question on the prevalence of xenophobia in South Africa and local resistance to immigrants.

The government was doing everything in its power to protect foreigners and all South Africans must condemn in the strongest terms these types of attacks, Zuma said.

He was responding to a question by DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, and said he was not worried about South Africa losing its stature as an entry port to Africa.

Mazibuko wanted to know from Zuma if he was worried that a large corporate, like the computer giant IBM, moved its head office from South Africa to Kenya.

The president said he was not at all worried, as South Africa had maybe been the access point to Africa for too long. He said the time had come for other Africa countries to benefit from international investments.

He said South Africa fully supported Pan-Africanism, as well as the African Union. He said the ANC has, since its creation, been involved in the development of Africa and that the government was very clear on its involvement in Africa.

The continent must be developed to play a leading role in the global economy.

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