The DA today visited the High Commission of the Republic of Mozambique, in Pretoria, to share our sympathies with the people of Mozambique following the death of Emmanuel Sithole in Alexandra this weekend.
We were welcomed into the High Commission, and handed over flowers as a sign of condolence.
The monstrous and barbaric attack on Sithole is a national shame for all people in South Africa who respect life and dignity and live by Ubuntu.
His killers must be brought to justice, and the full might of the law must be brought to bear on them.
Xenophobia has no place in this democratic land.
We acknowledge that people in South Africa are angry at the shortage of opportunities and ever-decreasing chances to find meaningful work. This is a fight we must continue to constructively wage in order to bring about a society where opportunities abound, backed by a capable state.
Anger though, can never justify the hate and violence we are witnessing in our cities today.
The violent death of Emmanuel Sithole should remind us that xenophobia is a most hateful curse to our society.
Where xenophobia is encouraged and fuelled by leaders and elites, it must be condemned in the gest terms. And where xenophobia that is encouraged ultimately leads to violent murders on our streets, those leaders have blood on their hands.
Today King Goodwill Zwelithini held an Imbizo meant to quell xenophobic violence, but instead used it to deflect all criticism from himself. Attacks on the media and blaming a Third Force will not bring calm to xenophobia-fuelled violence. This failure of leadership has done a disservice to our country.
The life of Emmanuel Sithole must not be lost in vain. His death must remind us that our neighbours, our brothers and our sisters are part of us, as we are part of them. We must not forget our common humanity.
Justice must be done for this dreadful crime. We welcome this morning’s arrests following Mr Sithole’s murder and trust that convictions will follow.
The DA extends our sincere condolences to all people of the Republic of Mozambique.
Phumzile van Damme
DA National Spokesperson
Source : Democratic Alliance