The recent violence against foreigners is an insult to the Freedom Charter and dehumanising to all South Africans, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday. Addressing the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) official sitting on the last day of the Taking Parliament to the People programme in Oudtshoorn, the Deputy President said the Freedom Charter, which says “there shall be peace and friendship”, also envisaged a South Africa at peace with other nations of the world, in which the rights and freedoms of all the people who live in this country were protected.
“The attacks on foreign nationals that have taken place in parts of the country are an affront to these aspirations. As President Jacob Zuma said, these attacks are a violation not only of the individuals affected, but also of the values and principles that define our democracy. We must condemn such behaviour without hesitation. It dehumanises us as South Africans. We must act decisively to end such violence.
“It is unacceptable to attack other people because they are not South Africans. They have the same human rights that we have. These attacks must stop with immediate effect and we make sure it does not happen again,” Mr Ramaphosa said.
The Chairperson of the NCOP, Ms Thandi Modise, and other speakers echoed the Deputy President and called for an end to the attacks on foreign nationals. “Foreign nationals cannot be killed in our country,” Ms Modise said.
Mr Ivan Meyer, MEC for Finance in the Western Cape said: “Why are we this violent against our brothers and sisters? Our freedom is their freedom.”
The Deputy President and members of the NCOP and provincial legislatures also used the last day to reflect on the week-long Taking Parliament to the People activities. Mr Mlibo Qoboshiyane, the Eastern Cape Local Government MEC, called for a change in the current method of using population figures to allocate budgets to the provinces. “We propose that to address the issue of migration to the metros, we must consider developmental needs such as infrastructure backlogs and unemployment.”
17 April 2015
Source : Parliament of South Africa