EFF condemns attacks on foreigners

2015-04-13 17:59

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Durban - The EFF on Monday condemned attacks on African immigrants and urged leaders to speak with caution.

The EFF’s KwaZulu-Natal deputy chairperson, Jackie Shandu, speaking at a press conference in Durban, said: “We condemn the attacks and are appealing to all leaders to be careful with their utterances. We do not condemn the King. We are appealing to him to be cautious.”

He said that the attacks on foreigners did not have their origins in statements that King Goodwill Zwelithini was alleged to have made, urging foreigners to return home.

"We regret the utterances of the King. We have seen very traumatic and disturbing disturbing images.”

He said that the attacks in Durban had started as a result of a labour dispute in Durban where an employer had allegedly fired South African workers who had gone on strike to demand better wages.

“He [the employer] then hires our people from the rest of the continent, who are desperate, at a fraction of what he was paying our local people.”

He said that he did not believe the king's actual statements were wrong, but that they had in fact been misinterpreted by the media and taken out of context.

"We are condemning the attacks because they are misdirected," he said.

He said that black South Africans needed to realise that even if the foreigners were to leave the country, they would still be at the bottom of the economic ladder as the ruling ANC had failed to redress past injustices.

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