Following insistence by a group to go ahead with its fights against foreign nationals, a voice recording being circulated on social media has called on foreign nationals in South Africa to prepare to fight back against all xenophobic violence.
The anonymous recording urged foreign nationals inside and outside of South Africa to strike back should the xenophobic violence continue.
This call came after a group which has planned a march against foreigners in Pretoria says it will go ahead with the demonstration on Friday despite the Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) rejecting their application.
The ‘Mamelodi Concerned Residents’ intend marching to the Home Affairs Department to protest against government allowing immigrants into the country.
South Africa is witnessing a fresh scourge of xenophobic violence taking place in some parts of the country following Mayor Mashaba’s statement about illegal immigrants in his city- Johannesburg.
Dozens of shops and properties owned by foreigners have been targeted in Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, Pretoria West and Rosettenville this month, as a result of the fresh xenophobic attacks.
A leader of the Mamelodi Concerned Residents told news reporters that they believe their democratic right to demonstrate is being violated and that the march will go ahead.
Shorty after this, a recording emerged warning foreign nationals of attacks planned for this Friday and prompting them to fight back, EWN reports.
“This is an important message that we want to spread across the African continent. We want you to share this message until it reaches everyone in Africa. Since 2008, foreigners in South Africa have faced attacks by the so-called jealous monsters among South Africans. According to Wikipedia, between 2000-2008 xenophobic attacks left a total of 129 foreigners dead in which 67 people were killed in 2008,
“They forget every foreign national has families back home. If they will never stop their evil acts of killing foreigners in their country, we are saying to all our families at home to start burning South African businesses in our foreign countries. We will give them war and give them hell. We will push them to the underground if any xenophobic attack happens again, we call on all foreigners to rage a war on these people. Let us give them a taste of their own medicine.”
“They have announced Friday 24 February is the day they want to carry out another attack. We are saying to everyone, please do not be afraid and rather be prepared.” the anonymous recording says.
Meanwhile, some have blamed the DA’s mayor of Jozi for the flare-up in xenophobic violence, but Herman Mashaba has slammed the accusations, saying they should stop using him as a scapegoat for violence.
The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (JCPS) also condemned the inflammatory remarks made by South African and foreign nationals about each other that are currently circulating on social media.
Believing that the posting and messaging of written threats has increased after recent attacks on the property of foreigners, JCPS said in a statement on Wednesday that acts of incitement would not be tolerated.