The African Union (AU) has condemned in gest terms ongoing xenophobic attacks being leashed in South Africa against foreign nationals.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) chairman, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, denounced the ongoing violence against foreign nationals in her South Africa homeland.
Dlamini-Zuma, who hails from Kwazulu-Natal Province, where the attacks started, described the violence as unacceptable.
She called for an immediate halt while expressing her concern regarding the attacks.
ldquoWhatever the challenges we may be facing, no circumstances justify attacks on people, whether foreigners or locals. It is unacceptable,rdquo she lamented.
Dlamini-Zuma welcomed the intervention from the South African government, including the deployment of the Inter-Ministerial committee to KwaZulu Natal to engage with those affected and with local communities, as well as the deployment of more police to provide protection and keep law and order.
The AU Commission Chairperson decried the incidents as particularly unfortunate, as celebrations of Africa month approached.
ldquoOn 25 May, we remember the founding of the Organisation of African Unity, which played such a critical role in mobilizing international solidarity for the end of Apartheid,rdquo she added.
About 10 people have reportedly died following the recurrence of xenophobic violence.
Source : CAJ News Agency