Govt has ‘Stability Situation RSA’ plan

2015-04-23 00:00

THE government has drawn up an action plan to stop xenophobia which will be discussed by a high level committee today.

In the plan, titled “Stability Situation RSA”, four steps are set out to be implemented with immediate effect. Sister paper Beeldhas a copy of the document, which is marked, “not for further distribution”.

Each state department is involved in the attempt to restore stability. The first meeting of the inter-ministerial committee on migration, which has to apply the plan, takes place in the “war room” of Minister of the Presidency Jeff Radebe in Pretoria today. Radebe is the co-ordinator of the committee.

President Jacob Zuma appointed this committee on Tuesday. Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams said Zuma had ordered his ministers to solve the problem quickly. The action plan will devolve to community level through the provinces, where committees will also start to meet this week.

From “Stability Situation RSA” it is clear the government is deeply worried about the xenophobic attacks in mainly Gauteng and KZN and the effect this has had in other countries, with some South African consulates having had to close their doors and South African business operating in Mozambique evacuating their staff after threats of retaliatory attacks.

Zuma cancelled his state visit to Indonesia and Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula cut short her visit to Turkey and Indonesia to deploy the army to support the police.

The plan is based on four pillars:

• Safety and security;

• Reintegration, healthcare and humanitarian aid;

• Legal and regulatory intervention; and

• Mobilisation of and communication with communities.

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