Xenophobic Attacks: House To Send Delegation To South African Parliament

The House of Representatives has condemned the recent wave of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in Pretoria West, South Africa and called for justice for victims of the attacks. The violence and hate was captured with the image of a Mozambican man burned alive.

Also speaking, Mr. Aaron-Mnguni said the South African was working tirelessly to resolve the problem. "There is no drugs or prostitutes here you can see", said Imran Sheikh Abdullah, a spokesperson for the immigrant community. "[We have] bought pipes and sticks, ready to defend ourselves", one Nigerian national said on condition of anonymity. The petition called on the government to prevent foreigners from establishing shops and transport businesses and charging "unfair prices".

Some citizens of Nigerians, Eritrea, and Ethiopia suffered during the attacks.

"Our constitution provides for people to express their views", he told reporters. "We have foreigners here and it will not be good if there are reprisal attacks that will not make the world a peaceful place to live [sic]", one of the protesters was quoted as saying.

Gigaba said that South African authorities were in talks with organisers of Friday's march, and that the police would ensure there was no violence.

More effective ways should be found to "detect and counter xenophobic violence before it flares up", he said. Why is it that xenophobia continues to be a black-on-black issue when we know that there are millions of white migrants, some of them illegal as well?

The Minister, addressing a news conference, after delivering a statement on the floor of the House, said a hotline had been set, through social media and telephone for prompt response to any emergency.

More than 60 people died in anti-foreigner violence in the country in 2008, and thousands were forced to flee their homes, as rioting spread from Johannesburg townships to cities such as Cape Town.

In Rosettenville on Sunday, February 5, a group of residents destroyed property belonging to foreign-born residents, primarily Nigerians, alleging that they were drug dealers and brothel owners.

The lawmakers also urged the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to recall the country's ambassador to South Africa ahead of a major anti-Nigerians rally planned for Friday.

Resentment of migrants has been simmering for years in many of South Africa's poorest settlements.

  • Leroy Wright