‘Do not take the law into your own hands’

The NPA head says he’s made sure that Emmanuel Sithole’s murder case receives adequate attention.

Four men accused of stabbing Emmanuel Sithole to death made a brief court appearance at the Alexandra Magistrate Court on 21 April 2015. Picture: @SAPoliceService.

JOHANNESBURG - The head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Mxolisi Nxasana on Tuesday called on the Alexandra community not to take the law into their own hands, following the emotionally charged court appearance of four men accused of killing Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole.

The four accused will be back in court next month.

They were taken into custody last night after Sithole was stabbed and beaten to death in an attack thought to be xenophobically motivated.

Nxasana says he has personally met with the prosecuting team involved in this murder case to make sure it receives adequate attention.

"We must not allow our tempers to dictate the way to deal with these matters"

He says senior state advocates have been assigned to ensure that people arrested in connection with the latest xenophobic attacks are successfully prosecuted.

"Be it the death of a South African or the death of a foreign national."

The four men accuse of killing Sithole briefly appeared in court this morning, covering their faces.

LISTEN - Sunday Times Photojournalist James Oatway witnessed & reported on the killing of Mozambican national Emmanuel Sithole in Alexandra


Meanwhile, Doctors Without Borders says refugee camps which have sprung up following the latest outbreak of xenophobic violence, must be a temporary solution and those inside must be reintegrated into communities.

The organisation has been assisting at three camps in KwaZulu-Natal which together house over 7,000 people.

At least seven foreigners and South Africans have been killed since the latest flare up of xenophobia.

The organisation's Gilles van Cutsem says they've been helping with general health care, emergency services, vaccinations and they've also been making sure those on chronic medicine are not left stranded.

"We reiterate the need to invest much more into dialogue with communities, with host communities and foreigners… To firstly, prevent foreign violence, and also explore the possibility for safe reintegration because camps should really be a temporary solution."


At the same time, State Security Minister David Mahlobo has denied there is a singular force behind the lawlessness in South Africa specifically around xenophobia.

African National Congress (ANC) national chairwoman Baleka Mbete has said there is an internal plot to unseat President Jacob Zuma.

Mahlobo says there are many forces behind several problems that the country is currently facing, and his department is working to stop the "instigators" fuelling xenophobic attacks.

"There's not a single quotation where I spoke about a single force. It does not point a finger to the [Economic Freedom Fighters] EFF, I'm saying whoever is a South African, just stick to the law. Organise people the way you want to organize them but don't instigate lawlessness."