SA has betrayed trust of international community - Phosa

2015-04-23 15:41
(Naledi Shange, News24)

(Naledi Shange, News24)

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Pretoria - South Africa has betrayed the trust of the international community following xenophobic attacks, ANC stalwart Mathews Phosa said on Thursday.

"We have betrayed the hopes and trust of the international community," he said at a discussion on ethics at the University of SA in Pretoria.

"We have disappointed the world... by treating fellow human beings as if they were enemies. We should take the shame on our faces and take responsibility of fixing the wrong."

He said a way of educating people, especially the youth, was by telling stories about how other African countries had supported those who went into exile.

"We lived in exile... We received shelter, food, accommodation.

"South Africans were not chased around and shot and killed because they were South Africans, they got the opposite treatment," said Phosa.

Phosa said he had spent time in Mozambique while in exile. The neighbouring country had supported South Africa's fight against apartheid.

"[And] you go and kill Sithole in Alexandra," he said referring to Emmanuel Sithole, a Mozambican national who was stabbed in the township and later died.

"We creating a situation which is very difficult for ourselves. We creating a crisis for ourselves, and the sooner we stop the better."

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