SA is a 'friendly' nation - Zuma

2013-08-01 08:41
President Jacob Zuma (Picture: AFP)

President Jacob Zuma (Picture: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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

"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."

Fight against corruption

He said all sorts of crimes had been reduced except white-collar crimes.

"Therefore, the fight against corruption continues to be intensified in the public sector," said Zuma.

"We urge business to assist us in dealing with crime in the private sector."

On employment, he said a lot had to be done to improve the climate for job creation.

"Our people count unemployment as a key challenge affecting them," said Zuma.

"Total employment has increased by more than 3.5 million since 1994, but as more job seekers enter the market, with the economy not growing as fast as we all would like it to, many are still in the job queues."

He said the diminished demand for South African exports by trading partners like the United States, Japan and the EU had put pressure on the economy.

Zuma said there had been progress in various sectors of the South African economy over the past 20 years, but more needed to be done to eradicate poverty and inequalities.

"...The legacy of apartheid colonialism cannot be eradicated in only 20 years," he said.

"When the going gets tough, as it will from time to time, let us never lose sight of the achievements that we have scored."

- SAPA
Read more on:    mido macia  |  jacob zuma  |  johannesburg  |  xenophobia
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Zuma extends Seriti Inquiry

2014-10-31 22:34
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
131 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

LOL! Best outdoor girl fails

It’s not only guys who have FAIL moments! Here are some of the funniest outdoor fails where girls are the victims!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

90-year-old's incredible travels
10 facts about swimming you didn't know
Halloween night run
Exciting new zipline for Cape Town!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

C# / .Net Application Developer, Cape Town, R30 000- R40 000

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
Initiate International
R30 000 - R40 000 Per Month

Office Manager

Cape Town Southern Suburbs
Hi-Tech Recruitment - Cape Town
R15 000 - R20 000 Per Month

Project Officer - 6 month contract

Cape Town CBD
Maverick Recruitment Solutions

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R2100 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Hot offer: Up to 50% off irons

Save up to 50% on all Philips irons. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There may be some tension that is caused through social conflicts -- personal interests versus obligations. You may feel an...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.