This is not a South African thing. It is just criminal elements attacking our African brothers and sisters said Member of Parliament and Co-Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests, Mr Omie Singh. He was talking in Durban during the awarding of certificates of appreciation to companies that helped clean up Addington Primary School in January this year.
Mr Singh said all members of society should join forces in a fight against xenophobia. “South Africans are caring and loving people. They have the spirit of ubuntu. I am sure that 99.9% of South Africans are against this xenophobic violence. It is incumbent on everyone, especially us leaders, to unequivocally condemn and act against xenophobic violence. I am gly against xenophobic violence. There’s is no justification for this abominable behaviour by some of our fellow Africans.
“Yes, there are genuine and reasonable concerns held by some South Africans about foreign nationals. But this cannot constitute justification for unleashing violence and terror on our African brothers and sisters. We must also guard against the tendency of stereotyping people or using a blanket approach when dealing with people or issues. Let’s protect foreign nationals from rogue and criminal elements who seek to besmirch the image of South Africa” said Mr Singh.
Speaking in the National Assembly on Thursday last week, President Jacob Zuma gly condemned xenophobic violence, which has hit some areas in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The President urged Members of Parliament to spread the message against xenophobia in their constituencies.
Source : Parliament of South Africa