The rights of citizens and non-citizens must be protected in SA, says Maimane
DA leader Mmusi Maimane said violence on foreign nationals won’t advance a united society.
CAPE TOWN – Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has condemned the latest spate of xenophobic violence in KwaZulu-Natal.
Maimane said violence on foreign nationals won’t advance a united society.
He was on the campaign trail in Blue Downs on Tuesday and said: “When I say our borders must be secured, it's because I want the rights of citizens and non-citizens to be protected in our country.”
At the same time, the African Diaspora Forum said it was concerned that government was glossing over xenophobia, while political parties were inflaming the situation with their campaigns.
Forum chairperson Dr Vusumuzi Sibanda was in Durban on Tuesday where he said more migrants were being displaced every day as the violence escalated instead of subsiding.
Reacting to a statement by the Department of International Relations, Sibanda said while South Africa was playing dangerous public relations, six Democratic Republic of Congo nationals were abducted over the past two days and more than 40 others fled to the Umlazi police station.
WATCH: Leader @MmusiMaimane condemn the xenophobic violence in SA!— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) April 2, 2019
"Anyone who is killing non-SAns is a criminal.
It does not matter where you come from, I want to categorically condemn all xenophobic attacks in this country."
We demand #HonestProfessionalPolice to stop this. pic.twitter.com/roMjXelKE7
Getting an understanding of how crime has ravaged the social fabric of this community!— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) April 2, 2019
The May 8 election is your chance to choose between rising crime, and a party that knows how to transform SAPS to become #HonestProfessionalPolice that keep communities safe. pic.twitter.com/OsfdOZK9T4
Conducting a door to door at Kleivlei!— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) April 2, 2019
The community of Kleivlei in Cape Town don't feel safe in their homes & communities. Crime is rising & the SAPS is riddled with corruption & unable to fight crime.
More #HonestProfessionalPolice SAPS must come here to protect our people. pic.twitter.com/Qj85EpePCp
Earlier, International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Police Minister Bheki Cele committed to meeting again this week to deal with the attacks on foreign nationals.
The ministers met with the ambassadors of African countries in Pretoria on Monday to discuss last week's xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu-Natal.
Sisulu insisted that the attacks were not xenophobic but merely criminality.
She also assured the ambassadors' countries that South Africa would do everything possible to make sure that everyone is safe.
“We’ve been dealing with this matter with NGOs and the churches. It is not getting better in places but when we are joined by representatives of those countries, then we will be able to get to the bottom of this. This particular situation that we are in is not a criminal versus an innocent; we have situations where we are not able to draw the line [sic].”
Additional reporting by Mia Lindeque.