Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has defended white people against accusations that they’re responsible for an increase in racially motivated attacks in the province.
Zille believes that most murders and assaults are not committed by white people against black people, as widely alleged.
The DA Premier shared this sentiment while responding to racism-related questions during a sitting of the provincial legislature on Thursday.
The questions were posed by the opposition leader in the province Khaya Magaxa, who also doubles as ANC MPL.
Magaxa pointed out that since the DA took over the province, the number of racially-motivated killings in the province has increased; requesting Zille to address the issue urgently.
“…Examples of this are the attacks on mosques. There are also many attacks on mainly brown, black and Indian people in the province. What do you have to say about it, premier?” he asked the Premier.
At first, the premier declined to answer his questions, stating that they were against the rules of the legislature. She insisted that in terms of article 195 of the rules, hypothetical questions or questions that require an opinion are not allowed.
But when she couldn’t stand Magaxa’s allegations that her government has done little or nothing to promote social cohesion, Premier Helen Zille finally gave her answers saying…
“If we had to make a racial breakdown of murders and assaults… citing murders and assaults, with reference to victims and [alleged] offenders, you will find that most murders and assaults in the province are not committed by white people against black people.”
She slammed the ANC for using its “war room” to label Western Cape racist. She boasted that the ANC is no match for Western Cape government.
Premier Helen Zille urged the ANC to hunt down offenders rather than speculating about the race of the offender.
A report recently released by the Mexican Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice showed that Cape Town retained its position as South Africa’s most violent city.
Cape Town, which is Western Cape’s capital and the second most populous urban area after Johannesburg is also said to be among the top 10 most violent cities in the world.
In 2015, the city registered 2,451 homicides among a population of 3.74 million people, giving it a rate of 65.53 per 100,000 people.
According to reports, every day there are 50 murders in South Africa, more than there are in some European countries in an entire year. Murder has been normalized, it is no longer news.
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Last year, an author, former journalist and Cape Town’s spokesperson Steven Otter was stabbed to death by two black robbers in his home on Reconciliation Day 16 December 2016, he died in the arms of his coloured partner, Nathalie Williams.
Otter woke up to find the hoodlums in his Cambridge Street home and died while defending himself and his family. Many described his killing as one of the latest high-profile casualty of South African crime in the province.
A few weeks ago, Statistics South Africas (Stats SA) Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS) revealed that about half the population has done something to physically protect their homes, with up to two-thirds doing that in the Western Cape and Gauteng.
It also found that about one in five households in Gauteng and the Western Cape hires private security. These provinces are said to have the highest percentage of households (about 7 percent) which have a weapon for protection.