JOHANNESBURG, April 16 — The ruling African National Congress (ANC) says South Africans should be ashamed of the ongoing “barbaric” attacks on foreign nationals which have left several people dead and displaced hundreds of others.
“Regardless of the cause of these barbaric deeds, the ANC regards them as criminal acts against vulnerable and defenceless people who have sought refuge, solace and economic prosperity in our country,” the ruling party said Wednesday after police largely failed to contain xenophobic violence in Durban on Tuesday.
ANC Spokesman Zizi Kodwa said South Africa’s hard won democracy also belonged to the rest of the continent and many of those who had found themselves under attack hailed from countries which had whole-heartedly supported the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa.
“These unpardonable attacks against them are a shameful assault on our very humanity. As South Africans, the far vast majority of whom are deeply rooted in values of humanity, solidarity and brotherhood, we are forced to once again hang our heads in shame in the face of these misguided and misplaced assaults.”
He added that South Africans could not blame poverty and unemployment for the attacks and extended the ruling party’s condolences to the victims of the attacks. “Ours is a nation that has faced and defeated the very worst of human brutality during apartheid, our people cannot be the ones to inflict such heinous cruelty on our fellowmen.”