The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) issued a statement concerning the erupting xenophobic attacks in South Africa saying the country’s unemployment shouldn’t be blamed on African brothers but on South Africa’s ruling party – the ANC.
Citing the erupting xenophobic attacks in Attridgeville, Mamelodi, and other surrounding areas in Pretoria, the Fighters wailed that South Africa’s “current debacle pertaining to unemployment and inequality” has been “wrongfully placed and blamed on African brothers and sisters, and black people from the developing world.”
Also, the party upheld that the march against foreign nationals is “disingenuous ” and a platform to groom Black on Black violence.
To the Fighters, the failure of South Africa “ought to be put at the door of the ANC.
“The ANC has failed to transform the lives of South Africans. In the midst of attempting to confront economic strongholds against Black people, white monopoly capital has been left untouched,” EFF contended.
With that, the party called on its people “to isolate hate crimes against fellow Africans.”
Also, EFF called on government law enforcement to ensure that there is no violent outbreaks and loss of life.
“The premise of inequality remains dispossession and lack of willingness to transform the economy by the ANC. The confrontation of this should therefore fundamentally challenge land dispossession and the ANC,” stated the party.
Meanwhile, reports from Nigeria have it that the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has ordered South African firms to flee the country within 48 hours or face a dire unleashing of their wrath over the attacks of Nigerians living in South Africa.
As learnt, NANS wants all South African firm in Nigeria to shut down their operations and flee the country. The student association specifically, asked MTN, Shoprite and DSTV to vacate Nigeria immediately.
NANS President, Kadiri Aruna reportedly made the call during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at DSTV office in Abuja.
Condemning SA xenophobic attack, Aruna divulged that NANS will champion protests across Nigeria. The protests he said, would serve as a warning to countries mistreating Nigerians.
Should the South African firms refuse to obey the 48 hours ultimatum, Nigerian students will be rallied to stand up against them, Aruna promised and threatened that they will be pulling down MTN masts all over the country.
Also, the President disclosed that adequate plans have been readied to extend the protest actions to DSTV and Shoprite.
“We are saying that enough is enough as South Africans have openly attacked and bullied Nigerians,” Aruna added.
Commenting on the erupting xenophobic attacks, South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma begged SA citizens to not blame all criminal activities on non-nationals.
“Many citizens of other countries living in South Africa are law-abiding and contribute to the economy of the country positively. It is wrong to brandish all non-nationals as drug dealers or human traffickers.
Let us isolate those who commit such crimes and work with government to have them arrested, without stereotyping and causing harm to innocent people.
In particular, Government requests communities to assist the police with information relating to complaints that some non-nationals may be involved in selling drugs, human trafficking and other serious crimes.
This will enable law enforcement agencies to act against such lawlessness regardless of the place of origin of the perpetrators.”
It has been severally expressed by residents in some SA communities that non-nationals are escalating crimes in the country.