SAPS warn against XENOPHOBIA

2015-04-30 14:10

THE Hillcrest SAPS is on high alert and warn the community against any form of xenophobia following attacks on foreign nationals around the country.

Hillcrest SAPS spokesperson Constable N. Manqele said they received news of attacks in Chatsworth, Isipingo and Umlazi and warned residents that if such violence spreads into the Upper Highway area the perpetrators will be imprisoned.

The warning is subsequent to a and#034;misunderstoodand#034; speech by King Goodwill Zwelithini who said that the government should send foreigners back home.

and#034;Hillcrest police will not tolerate any form of xenophobia and we will not hesitate to arrest those who defy the police,and#034; said Manqele.

He called on the community not to heed to pressure from locals.

and#034;Any form of xenophobia is wrong and I urge the community to not commit any crime.and#034;

Isabelle Inzimande, who lives with her two children and husband in the Valley, said she is scared to leave her home.

and#034;My brother lives in Chatsworth and was forcefully removed from his home and now lives in the municipal grounds with no shelter,and#034; she said.

and#034;We came to South Africa from Zimbabwe for a better life, now locals are turning against us. I have two small girls and I am afraid for their lives. We are not here to steal jobs, or commit crime, we moved here to build a life for ourselves.and#034;

She said that she hopes this madness will soon come to an end.

and#034;How would South Africans feel if they were forced to leave countries they made their home. It is not fair what is happening to us. We just want to live in peace.and#034;

Inzimande, like many foreign nationals in the Upper Highway area, has not been to work since attacks began last week and is asking to the government to rectify the situation and end xenophobia permanently.

and#034;Every few months there are attacks on foreigners. Why? The South African government needs to act on this and stop locals from committing these crimes,and#034; she concluded.




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