JOHANNESBURG – The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday condemned the recent xenophobic violence in Gauteng following reports of scheduled attacks and protests.
Over the past few weeks, Rosettenville residents have marched to the homes of Nigerians and set furniture alight before torching the buildings. They claimed to be ridding the area of drugs and prostitution. Around a dozen homes were torched in the Johannesburg south suburb as well as a night club, a brothel and an alleged drug den which were apparently being run by Nigerians. Similar incidents have recently occurred in Pretoria.
“A surge in attacks on foreign-owned businesses and homes, the formation of a xenophobic political party and an anti-foreigner march scheduled on Friday is deeply concerning,” said DA National Spokesperson Refiloe Nt’sekhe in a statement.
“We strongly condemn violent and xenophobic calls by some community leaders to persecute foreign nationals and call for calm and level-headedness.”
The DA said that the root of this problem lay in the ANC government’s inability to bring about economic growth, job creation and to decrease the inequality that plagued South Africans.
“The government’s inability to address these issues as well as provide our young people with quality basic education and the skills they need have left an entire generation without hope of ever finding employment.”
The DA has said that they were committed to building a united nation that was built on the principles of freedom, fairness, and opportunity for all.
“We stand opposed to all forms of bigotry, including racism, homophobia, sexism, xenophobia and any other forms of discrimination. As the DA, we are building a country that is unified because we believe we are better together than apart. These were the values that Mandela stood for.”
- African News Agency (ANA)