Makhura to clamp down on xenophobic activity

The premier said his office plans to work together with embassies and the UN to promote awareness.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura has issued a stern warning to those who continue to engage in xenophobic activity in the province.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) today posted questions to Makhura and his MEC's in the Gauteng Legislature.

Makhura said his office plans to work together with embassies and the United Nations over the next five years to promote awareness around xenophobic attacks in the province.

The premier said South Africans have a responsibility to respects foreign nationals as other countries were home to many during the struggle.

Last week, Makhura said xenophobia has started to escalate once again.

He said South Africans should self-reflect before blaming all their problems on foreigners and urged the country to unite against xenophobia.

Meanwhile, according to the latest study by the Gauteng City Region Observatory, levels of xenophobia and intolerance of foreigners are on the rise in the province.

The study showed that 69 percent of residents agreed with the statement that "foreigners were taking benefits meant for South Africans".

In 2008, 62 foreign nationals were killed during xenophobic attacks which started in Alexandra.

The attacks then spread throughout the country.