Foreigners ‘ticking time bomb’

2015-04-30 17:05

THE South African government needs to stop running away from dealing with xenophobia, and it must also stop unnecessarily accommodating foreign nationals, said Pres. Jacob Zuma’s son on Tuesday.

Edward Zuma, who recently expressed his anti-foreigner sentiments, told News24 that he may be the president’s son but his opinions were independent to those of his father.

“The South African Human Rights Commission can arrest me for my comments, it’s fine. I am a citizen of South Africa. My thinking is independent to that of the president.

“These are my personal views and I am sticking to what I said.

“I am not going to stop telling the truth. The government must stop running away from addressing this issue because these people are expected to go back into their communities and we would have wasted taxpayers’ money (accommodating them at camps).”

Zuma condemned the recent attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal and said those caught looting or attacking foreign nationals should be dealt with legally.

“What is happening in KwaZulu-Natal is exactly what I was talking about when I said South Africa is sitting on a ticking time bomb.

“People think that I am being xenophobic but I am not, I am just trying to make a point that we have a problem.

“A woman was shot by a foreigner in Umlazi. My question is where did they (foreign nationals) get guns from? And the problem is that the police won’t be able to trace some of these guys (because they do not have legal documents to be in the country).

“All those who are in this country illegally must leave. I do not blame them (South Africans) for being angry but what can government do? Home Affairs and the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) are taking care of them but South Africans will still be angry.”

He said South Africa was known for being a very friendly country, but “we are also unnecessarily accommodating illegal immigrants in this country

“King Goodwill Zwelithini never said that foreign nationals should be attacked. We accept foreign nationals who are in the country legally and contribute to the South African economy with their skills. But, we do not accept foreign nationals who shoot our mothers and sisters.

“When we fought for the liberation of this country, they (comrades) were accommodated all over but there were rules that needed to be abided by. But these guys are doing as they please in South Africa.

“We must stop being soft. Some of them are hiding behind the United Nations Human Rights. Look at the march that took place in Durban last week. They must also follow rules. In South Africa, whether you are in Cosatu, ANC or the SACP, for them to have a march, you need to make an application to the municipality for permission for them to march.

“These are unruly people in our country and I am not going to be apologetic about it. In America, you are questioned why you are there.

“They would never do that (reside illegally) in America. If this is the character they are showing then they must go.”

Zuma said foreign nationals must present themselves to the Department of Home Affairs and be registered as South Africans.

“Remember when I said that we are sitting on a ticking time bomb. This is what I was talking about. You never know whether they are funding ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and al-Shabaab. South Africa is a country that believes in verbal engagements. That is how we got the freedom we enjoy today, it was through negotiations.” – News24

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