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SA is a 'friendly' nation - Zuma

By admin
01 August 2013

Despite "isolated" incidents of violence against foreigners, South Africa's general population is a friendly and welcoming, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday

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"South Africa is a hospitable country and South Africans are welcoming to foreigners," he said in Midrand.

"Between 2006 and 2011, South Africa registered more than 816 000 new asylum applications, making it by far the top destination for asylum-seekers..."

He described the "isolated" attacks as unacceptable during an address to the Black Business Council.

At least 62 people were killed in xenophobic attacks in May 2008. Since then there have been random incidents against foreigners.

One of the most recent cases went “viral” after being filmed.

Last year, Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macia was filmed being handcuffed to the back of a police van and dragged along a street in Daveyton on 26 February. He was later found dead in a local police station's holding cells.

The officers allegedly involved in the incident were arrested and the case is pending in the Benoni Magistrate's Court.

On Wednesday, Zuma went on to say that corruption was not as bad in South Africa as in other countries.

"You will be pleased to hear that South Africa is not the most corrupt country in the world.

"We were ranked 28th out of 167 countries surveyed in the 2011 Democracy Index, compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit."

-        News24