CAPE TOWN, April 24 — South African political parties have agreed to postpone Parliament’s work programme to allow MP’s to speak on curbing the xenophobic violence which has spread across some areas of the country in recent weeks.
“The postponement of the parliamentary programme will afford MPs of all political parties, through their constituency offices, an opportunity to inter-act with communities and work with various stakeholders to discourage the violence and mobilise communities against xenophobia,” the ruling African National Congress (ANC) said in a statement in Parliament here Thursday.
“Only a few MPs whose committees are involved in urgent business will be excused.”
Parliament will establish a multi-party committee drawn from both the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces (NCOP), the lower and upper houses of Parliament. The committee will visit hotspot areas for attacks and investigate.
The attacks of foreign nationals started in Isipingo in Durban three weeks ago, and has so far claimed the lives of seven foreigners.
Thousands of foreigners have been displaced, with hundreds of others opting to go back home.