Xenophobia bad for SA’s image and economy, says Radebe

2015-04-18 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Attacks on foreigners in South Africa are damaging the country’s international image as well as its economy, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said yesterday.

At a post-cabinet briefing at Parliament, Radebe said: “The impact of these attacks has far-reaching implications on our economic, social [links] and relations with the [African] continent and the world.

“No amount of frustration or anger can justify these attacks and looting of shops. Whilst noting the issues raised by communities, violence towards another fellow human being can never solve these issues,” he said.

“It reflects badly on us as a people, going against the very ideals and foundations of our democracy,” he said.

Noting that the attacks on foreign businesses in South Africa could have terrible consequences for South Africans operating businesses on the African continent, Radebe said:

“South African companies who are running successful businesses on the continent who help to contribute to our revenue and sustaining our economy may suffer the same fate.”

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