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Numsa: ANC is responsible for xenophobic crisis

The union says government and the SACP have failed to improve the lives of ordinary South Africans.

FILE: The union’s Irvin Jim says the ANC’s failure to address the underlying issues affecting citizens has led to the violence. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has lashed out at the African national Congress (ANC), saying the ruling party is responsible for the current xenophobia crisis in the country.

The union says government and the South African Communist Party have failed to radically implement the Freedom Charter and improve the lives of ordinary South Africans.

Numsa held a briefing at its headquarters in Johannesburg today where it delivered the outcomes of its central committee meeting.

The union's Irvin Jim says the ANC's failure to address the underlying issues affecting citizens has led to the violence.

"The combined weight of the continued colonial status of African, dispossess dominated and super exploited. A triple crisis of mass unemployment, and poverty and extreme inequalities; and a global crisis of capitalism will simply thoroughly dehumanise the African masses."

'CRIMINALS BEHIND XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS'

Meanwhile, 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."

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