Government Fails to Protect Non-South African Citizens

18 December 2014. 

The IFP has harshly criticised government for its ineptitude in responding to the attacks on foreign nationals and its lack of adequate plans to deal with them following the petrol bombing of two KwaMashu tuck shops owned by Somalis. 

"Government also lacks the institutional memory of previous similar attacks that might have helped to prevent these two recent attacks. Despite our formal transition to equality and democracy, violence is often still viewed as a means of resolving issues. Local government and provincial government leaders are too slow in responding to these attacks and allaying the fears of law-abiding citizens," said IFP National Chairperson, Mr Blessed Gwala, MPL. 

"Non-national residents are more likely to fall prey to violence because South Africans often blamed them for crime and unemployment and held them responsible for depriving more deserving local citizens of jobs, housing and other benefits.

"We call on government to protect the rights and property of migrants," continued Mr Gwala. 

"South Africa has an important role in the treatment of refugees because of its position as a member of SADC and must set an example for other states, as it now has one of the largest refugee populations on the continent. We are of the view that although our government claims that its policies conform to international standards, no South African law refers directly to the safety of foreign nationals. South Africa should reform its policies in this regard," concluded Mr Gwala. 

The IFP calls on civil society in this country and beyond to advocate for the rights of migrants and others who are deprived of their rights on the basis that they do not fit within the national identity.


Issued by:
Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP National Chairperson, 078 290 5842

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