KWAZULU Natal Premier, Senzo Mchunu, has ruled out the deployment of soldiers in xenophobia hot spots in Durban.
Mchunu assured South Africa and the entire African continent that by Thursday, the South African Police Service (SAPS) with an additional 100 force members from neighbouring Gauteng would have instilled order and discipline.
The xenophobic tensions follow inflammatory statements attributed to King Goodwill Zwelithini calling on foreigners in the country to leave the country.
This sparked attacks on foreign nationals particularly business owners.
An unspecified number of foreign nationals have been killed while more than 2 000 have been displaced from their homes.
However, Mchunu insisted the situation will be brought under control.
“We hope by Thursday, it will be business as usual for foreign nationals. I have been to the troubled areas myself and witnessed the attack.
“It appears the attackers are driven criminal elements, though it sounds xenophobic in that they targeted only foreign nationals, the motive is criminal,” said Mchunu.
The latest xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu Natal have been roundly condemned locally and in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN).
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) KwaZulu Natal Deputy Chairperson, Jackie Shandu condemned the barbaric xenophobic attacks and the Zulu King saying SA had no place for such.
“We regret the utterances of the king,” said Shandu.
Source : CAJ News Agency