4.8.2020 05:00 am
Police arrested at least 20 people after a week of rioting.
Community leaders in Phola Park in Thokoza are adamant the current violent protests in the area are not about power outages, but are xenophobic attacks fuelled by poverty and lack of jobs.
The Nigerian president also condemned the violence against his countrymen in South Africa.
He says that when government reaches ground level, they will be able to understand the complexity of the issue better.
African leaders expressed appreciation to Ramaphosa for taking time to explain the situation in SA, which had generated concern in a number of countries.
Velenkosini Hlabisa says the government should assist undocumented foreign nationals in SA who are students and have special skills to be documented.
GRAPHIC IMAGES: Ncube and Mzizi have been regularly attacked by a gang masquerading as ‘fighting illegal immigrants’.
800 people, mainly from Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, have reportedly sought safety in community halls in Katlehong.
This after Mashaba said on television that he would not apologise for the xenophobic violence, as President Ramaphosa had.
The approach deflects from governance failures, while hundreds of vulnerable migrants and South Africans who have been arrested in recent weeks face an uncertain fate, says a Wits academic.
SA can’t ‘absorb the result of all the problems that are made by leaders who want to loot their country,’ the SACP general secretary said.
‘The world expects us to behave in a way where we respect the rights of people from other nations,’ the president said.
The minister says the media should convey a message which says the nation is concerned by the recent xenophobic violence and attacks.
Zweli Ndaba admits he penned the flyer that spurred hostel dwellers and truck drivers to take part in the shutdown that led to xenophobic attacks in Gauteng.
Xenophobia victims have been staying at the Tsolo Community Hall, but say they want to go back to the suburb, rather than going back to their countries of birth.
Ramaphosa reassured the residents plans were being looked at that would alleviate the issues of gender-based violence and xenophobia.