“As we condemned the atrocities of our past, we equally reject the violence that has resulted in the loss of lives and the unlawful displacement of fellow human beings,” Mogoeng said in a statement.
“All South Africans should respond positively to the clarion call for peace and stability in the affected areas in fulfillment of our constitutional commitment to establish ‘a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights’.”
There had been xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals and looting of shops in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces, leading to the deployment of the army in volatile areas. At least seven people have been killed and more than 300 arrested since the attacks on African migrants started in Isipingo, Durban last month.
Mogoeng said the country’s justice system provided for means to resolve conflict.
“When our interests and rights are in conflict with those of others and result in a dispute, our justice system provides a legal mechanism to resolve these disputes in a manner that is consistent with our Constitution. It is to these mechanisms that we must turn for the resolution of these disputes whenever they arise.”
South Africa is a diverse country, and all must learn to live in peace and respect and care for other people’s different cultures, languages and religions, he said.