Zimbabwean Ambassador Isaac Moyo has responded to remarks by police minister Fikile Mbalula, alleging that most violent crimes in South Africa are perpetrated by fleeing members of Zimbabwe National Army.
On Tuesday night, Moyo condemned Mbalula’s statement, saying the comments were made without due regard to their accuracy.
Ambassador Isaac Moyo said: “The Zimbabwean government does not condone criminality by any of its citizens and the law must take its course wherever this is the case. We, however, cannot accept the many ill-informed elements in the said statement [Mbalula’s remarks] and we deeply regret that they were made without due regard to their accuracy.”
On Tuesday morning, Mbalula launched a scathing attack on Zimbabweans in the country, accusing them of carrying out most violent crimes in the country.
The minister – who has shown much enthusiasm with his new assignment further explained that the culprits enter the country illegally and do not promote goodwill in South Africa.
He, however, pointed out that his remarks are not xenophobic and should be twisted.
At a media briefing in Pretoria, the police minister said: “There are people who come here from Zimbabwe, and they cross the line here. They run away from the military in Zimbabwe and they come here and promote criminality here in South Africa. There are Zimbabwean ex-soldiers who are in this country, robbing banks and promoting criminality. They are running away from uncle Bob (Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe) there.
“In Zimbabwe, once you are a soldier, you are a soldier for life. You can’t get out of it. So to get out of it, they run to South Africa, then they come here and rob banks. They are on the payroll of criminals, and we can’t trace them. If a South African steals, it’s easy to trace them because I will find you somewhere in the forensics because I have your fingerprints. I’ve got you all covered, South Africans.”
Mbalula, however, praised Zimbabweans working in our kitchens for their level of education. He said if there is anything that President Mugabe did was to educate his people.
He vowed that the South African Police Service must hunt down all criminals living in the country and locked them up. The minister also announced that he would soon launch the ‘Wanya, Wafa Tsotsi’ campaign throughout the country.
The influx of illegal immigrants and cross-border criminal activities have been linked to some violent crimes in South Africa.
In April 2015, New Zimbabwe reported that at least 4,000 Zimbabweans were locked up in South African jails – as disclosed by president Zuma at the time.
Zuma reportedly made this known after a meeting held as part of efforts to find a solution to the attacks on foreigners, in Durban and Johannesburg.
Meanwhile, some people took to Twitter and shared their thought on the mild drama that played out between the minister and Ambassador Isaac Moyo.
So Zim Ambassador in SA, Isaac Moyo, today registered "unhappiness" with Police minister Fikile Mbalula's remarks … *popcorn times*
— garie.tunhira (@garietunhira) April 26, 2017
moyo looks so gutted 😂
— Le Lörd (@IsaacLeLord) December 24, 2016