28 May 2013
As South Africa and the rest of the African
continent celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Organisation of
the African Unity (African Union today) and Africa day, the IFP
in Gauteng Province [IFP-GP] condemns violence against foreign
nationals in Gauteng.
The IFP-GP finds it disconcerting and
regrettable that these xenophobic attacks have once more flared
up in our province of Gauteng. We strongly condemn this
senseless violence. IFP-GP views the attacks on foreign shop
owners in the Vaal region and Diepsloot as sickening and
ridiculous. Especially, when one remembers that fifty years ago
all Africans committed themselves to building a new continent of
hope, with the concept of ubuntu as a key hallmark.
"The IFP-GP remains opposed to any form of
violence whether directed at foreign nationals or South
Africans. We are of the view that we as Gauteng government and
citizens have a responsibility towards protecting foreign
nationals who are legally here," IFP Provincial Chairperson,
Nhlanhla Msimango said.
For the IFP-GP what is important though in
this ongoing debate about these attacks, is for us as a society
to understand that these attacks are no longer just influenced
by local citizens' unhappiness with foreign nationals. During
the build up to these attacks what was noticeable was that
ordinary citizens had service delivery problems and these
protests were then hijacked by certain unsavoury characters.
"While the IFP-GP acknowledges that there are
foreign nationals that have not brought good things to South
Africa, local communities with problems relating to foreign
nationals need to remember the words of a Roman Emperor, Marcus
Aurelius that: 'How much more grievous are the consequences of
anger than the causes of it.' Let us learn to communicate our
anger and resolve our differences rather than be violent," adds Msimango.
In this light, the IFP-GP heartens government
to continue the fight against any form of violence and ensure
that both foreign nationals and citizens leave without fear of
falling victim to these irrational violent attacks.
Contact: IFP Provincial Chairperson, Nhlanhla
Msimango, 074 2590 820
IFP Media Liaison Officer, Musa Ngobeni; 079 412 9757