Afrophobia must be sternly dealt with

2015-04-30 16:47

DESPITE on-going efforts by society and the government to curb hate crimes like xenophobia, further stern steps must be taken to address discriminatory violence.

Like other forms of crime, xenophobic violence threatens social cohesion and economic growth. Perpetrators of discriminatory crimes especially, frequently go unpunished, which sends a message that foreigners, refugees and immigrants can be criticised and attacked with liberty.

Stern measures like strengthening and more visible law enforcement, and prosecuting offenders, would help to address hate crimes and send a clear message that xenophobic violence will not be tolerated. Furthermore, strategies must be put in place to help promote peaceful co-existence between all who live in South Africa.

Moreover, a commission must be set up to look at and address the root causes of hate crimes like the current wave of Afrophobic violence we are witnessing.

Statements and speeches from political parties and members of Parliament must translate into action.

Most importantly, businesses and the government must work together to create job opportunities for the millions who are unemployed and are living in extreme poverty.

MOHAMED SAEED

Pietermaritzburg

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