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Malema: Criminals are behind xenophobia

Julius Malema said people are being told that foreigners are taking their jobs and believe these statements.

FILE: Julius Malema. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema believes the xenophobic violence that ran rampant in KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg is not being spurred on by anti-immigrant sentiments, but is rather being carried out by criminals.

Malema addressing a gathering of farmers in Paarl last night said, "No one is leading these people, no one is explaining to them how their problems are going to be resolved. Now what happens is they end up listening to every simple explanation as to why they are unemployed."

He said people are being told that foreigners are taking their jobs and believe these statements.

At least seven people have been killed in South Africa's latest flare-up of xenophobia.

In the latest police raid aimed at curbing xenophobic attacks, police officers along with the army raided the Madala hostel in Alexandra.

This comes 24-hours after the Jeppestown hostel was searched.

Earlier this week in Alexandra, Malema urged South Africans not to blame foreigners for the country's shortcomings.

The politician said locals should not blame foreigners for everything that goes wrong.

"They left their homes to feed their families so they don't have time to do crime."

WATCH: Malema addresses xenophobia in Alexandra

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