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ANC to deploy party leaders to ease tensions over foreign nationals

The African National Congress (ANC) has expressed its outrage at the recent attacks on foreign nationals, vowing to play an active role in stopping xenophobia.

Zulu hostel dwellers in Jeppestown gather before Bheki Cele arrives to address them on 3 September 2019. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) has expressed its outrage at the recent attacks on foreign nationals, vowing to play an active role in stopping xenophobia.

Party leaders will be deployed to various troubled communities this week to quell tensions.

Most of the violence has been reported in Gauteng, particularly in Joburg.

The move comes as the National Assembly readies on Tuesday for a debate of "national importance", which will focus on recent incidents of femicide, public violence and looting.

The debate was put on Parliament's agenda following a week of attacks on foreign nationals and public outrage over the rape and murders of women and children.

The urgent debate will come just a week after the National Assembly held a similar debate on gender-based violence as part of Women's Month.

MPs will again come together to debate and try to come up with solutions to the ongoing unrest in parts of the country.

ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina said on Monday, following the party's caucus lekgotla at the weekend, that its MPs would lead the debate and would make a number of inputs.

"Whatever laws must be looked at in terms of who accesses our country and trades within the country that will be our angle of debate as the ANC, to say we must differentiate between xenophobic attacks as well as criminal activities."

That's not all that will be on Parliament's agenda today and MPs are also expected to debate government's proposal to introduce a regime of prescribed assets in South Africa, which could potentialy threaten the pension savings of millions of South Africans.

Additional reporting by Babalo Ndenze.

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