DA wants ‘state of emergency’

FILE PICTURE: A mob blocked the Russell street threatening the foreign nationals and throwing stones at their shops in Durban. Picture: Phumlani Thabethe

FILE PICTURE: A mob blocked the Russell street threatening the foreign nationals and throwing stones at their shops in Durban. Picture: Phumlani Thabethe

Condemnations of the xenophobic attacks that have swept across Durban in the last three weeks, yesterday continued to pour in, with the DA calling on Parliament to declare a State of emergence in the face of escalating violence.

“The DA is calling on the Mayor, James Nxumalo, to speak to the President, for Parliament to declare a State of Emergency,” DA eThekwini Caucus Leader, Zwakele Mncwango, said in a statement.

“In terms of section 37 of the Constitution of South Africa a state of emergency can be called when there is a public emergency, this declaration is necessary to restore peace and order in society. It is shocking that the KZN government and the City had no advance plan in place to avoid the xenophobic attacks before reaching the province.”

The ANC Women’s League called on law enforcement agencies to do everything in their power to ensure the perpetrators were brought to book.

“We call on the police to arrest the perpetrators and for the National Prosecuting Authority to ensure that they are prosecuted and given lengthy jail terms,” spokesperson in KZN, Weziwe Thusi, said in a statement.

Shack dwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, called on all South Africans to unite against xenophobia.

“We are appealing to the church leaders, progressive forces and to the radical students to join us in this struggle,” the movement’s President, S’bu Zikode, said in a statement.

Arts and culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa said his department will next month host a special month-long cultural program to use arts, culture and heritage to build unity in communities and forge closer relations among all people who live in the country.

“We are saddened by the violence that seems to target almost exclusively non-South Africans in our country,” he said.

“As a Department that leads and promotes nation building and social cohesion, we discourage any form of violence and hate speech that violates the human rights of people who are part of our society, irrespective of their background, race or place of origin.”

 

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