No justification for attacking foreign nationals - Zuma

2015-04-10 18:58
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Boksburg – As more police were being deployed to xenophobic violence hotspots around Durban, President Jacob Zuma said that no amount of economic hardship and discontent will ever justify attacking foreign nationals who own shops and other businesses.

Zuma was speaking at the commemoration of the 22nd anniversary of Chris Hani's assassination in Boksburg.

He said government's policy on how to deal with refugees needed to be reconsidered.

"It is true that there is a high number of foreign nationals who have entered the country and are living in South Africa illegally, and government is attending to that problem and will ensure that nobody lives in our country illegally or is undocumented," Zuma said.

"However, many foreign nationals live in South Africa legally and contribute to the life and success of the country. Many are recruited to bring much-needed skills that are scarce in our country that we need to develop our economy."

On Friday more police were deployed to hotspots around Durban that have seen flashes of xenophobic violence.

This follows a spate of attacks on foreign nationals and the mass looting of shops that are owned by people from other African states.

Nearly 1 000 people have been displaced, after they fled their homes in fear of an imminent attack from South Africans.

KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni on Friday condemned the attacks and added more manpower to the affected areas to maintain the situation while negotiations were taking place to resolve the situation.

Ngobeni said that while officers were doing everything to restore peace and stability, she appealed to the community to refrain from attacking each other.

“We once again discourage people from taking the law into their own hands and caution that those found to be breaking the law will be prosecuted. They must stop committing criminal activities and report those suspects wanted by the police for crimes that were already reported in the area,” she said.


Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  durban  |  johannesburg  |  xenophobia

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