South Africa 27.4.2015 12:58 pm

Engagement on xenophobic violence and looting of shops

FILE PICTURE: A man runs holding a Nigerian flag as thousands marched against xenophobic attacks in South Africa AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

FILE PICTURE: A man runs holding a Nigerian flag as thousands marched against xenophobic attacks in South Africa AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs will tomorrow host a meeting with Ministers of Home Affairs, Small Business Development as well as police at the Old Assembly Chamber.

According to a statement, the meeting was initially necessitated by the incidents in January 2015 in Gauteng of xenophobia and looting of shops owned by foreign nationals.

“The primary aim of the engagement with the respective Ministers is to gain deeper insight on the causes of the violence, the impact of the interventions by government as well as lessons learned in dealing with these challenges. This meeting also falls within the special programme of parliament against xenophobia,” read the statement.

The committee will use the meeting to get more information on interventions made by the respective governments.

Members of Parliament from the Peace and Security Cluster have been invited to participate in this engagement.

Meanwhile, the wave of xenophobic violence that claimed seven lives in recent weeks has been brought to a halt, Gauteng Premier David Makhura claimed in a Freedom Day address at the Union Buildings on Monday.

“We can say today, on Freedom Day, the violence has stopped. The attacks on our fellow brothers and sisters have stopped,” said Makhura to huge applause from a crowd gathered on the Union Buildings lawn.

He added that there was no justification for killing fellow Africans and said the violence of recent weeks must never be repeated.

 

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