The Chairperson of the Select Committee on Economic Development, Mr Litho Suka, has congratulated the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) for its proactive approach in dealing with xenophobic attacks on foreigners.
“The approach the municipality has undertaken is encouraging. The Bay Metro could not afford to be seen as unwelcoming to foreign nationals,” Mr Suka said.
The compliment followed a revelation by the Executive Mayor, Councillor Ben Fihla, that the NMBM had met stakeholders on Sunday night about possible outbreaks of xenophobic attacks in and around Port Elizabeth, and a possible march on Thursday to denounce the attacks.
“Sadly, you are visiting us during a time when our fellow brothers and sisters are killed during callous xenophobic attacks by people who share our nationality. These cold-hearted incidents of deliberately trampling on the human rights of others are a major blemish on the image of a modern political miracle called the new South Africa,” Councillor Fihla said.
“Civil society and the municipality came together yesterday in a meaningful way to say in one voice that we will not tolerate xenophobic attacks in this municipality, named after a man known for peace and harmony, and that we wholeheartedly denounce these attacks elsewhere in our beloved country,” he said.
The Select Committees on Trade and International Relations, and Economic Development are on a week-long oversight visit to see if the NMBM’s economic growth opportunities are being adequately exploited.
The Committees met the NMBM executive leadership. Also attending the meeting were provincial and national officials from the departments of Economic Development and Energy, as well as Provincial Portfolio Committee Members Mr Xola Phakathi (Chairperson) and Mr Tony Duba (Whip).
Mr Suka said Members were in the NMBM to monitor the impact of economic programmes aimed at alleviating the plight of the poor, in line with the Committee’s oversight mandate. The Committees will later in the week visit various projects, including Coega Development, the VW manufacturing plant in Uitenhage and the Aspen factory plant.
Source : Parliament of South Africa