Dirco blames criminals for attacks on foreign nationals

President Cyril Ramaphosa called on law enforcement agencies and citizens to work together to help identify the perpetrators

President Cyril Ramaphosa called on law enforcement agencies and citizens to work together to help identify the perpetrators

"His foot soldiers misunderstood him and started harassing innocent traders", said Ogbu.

"Everybody just arrives in our township and rural areas and set bases without licenses and permits. We are also encouraging anyone who is affected or any family members that are in distress to get in touch with us".

The meeting is scheduled to continue on Friday as the South African Police Service has asked for more time to investigate the recent spate of attacks.

The Minister added that the African continent had contributed and sacrificed a lot for South Africans to be free and be liberated from the apartheid government. We can't be defined as not wanting to live side by side with people form other nations. They violate everything that our people fought for over many decades. "We condemn them outright".

"We are of a strong view that violence targeted at anyone - whether a foreign national or a South African - is unacceptable". Two protesters were killed when a shop owner fired a gun to protect his shop.

In that attack 300 Malawians were displaced from their homes and are sheltering at a police station in Springfield.

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The Zambian government has been vocal against the latest wave of attacks on African immigrants in South Africa. He said there are many foreigners who respect South Africa and its laws. They supported us willingly and in a comradery manner and some of them were as far a field, like countries like Uganda, countries that were not even our neighbours.

Gave us refuge, embraced us and supported our struggle in more ways than you can imagine, militarily, resource wise they gave our people a number of skills and so on. A foreigner, whether documented or not, whether legal or not, has fundamental human rights.

He continued by saying he also appreciates what fellow South Africans have done for the country's liberation. "We can not have a naive foreign policy that is a free for all".

Makhura, who emphasised that he was not being xenophobic, added he has discovered that there were certain types of criminal activities that were being perpetrated by certain foreign nationals. Drugs, there's specific nationalities involved.

Because as South Africans we are not an intolerant people and we can not be defined as been intolerant, we can not be defined as not wanting to live side by side with people from other nations.

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