A least seven people have been killed since xenophobic violence that first erupted in Isipingo, outside Durban, more than three weeks ago. The attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops later spread to Gauteng and other parts of the country.
Minister in the presidency Jeff Radebe said the Cabinet welcomed the “calm that has begun to prevail in communities” affected by attacks on foreign nationals. He was speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria.
“The Cabinet commended the departments that worked through the national joint operation centre to stop the acts of violence that took place in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng,” said Radebe.
“In the past week, President Jacob Zuma convened stakeholder meetings with representatives of business, religious groups, labour, civil society and foreign nationals. The engagements were constructive to assist in taking the process forward. All participants were anonymous in expressing their condemnation of these attacks and they committed to work with the government in finding a lasting solution.”
The Cabinet also commended provincial and municipal leaders in affected areas for their role in providing relief that led to the integration of foreign nationals into communities, added Radebe. He said the Cabinet approved the tabling of the protocol to eliminate illicit trade of tobacco products.
This was in accordance with the World Health Organisation framework convention on tobacco control, which South Africa ratified in 2005. The protocol would assist countries to take global action against the illicit trade in tobacco products, especially on countries that are signatories to the protocol, said Radebe.