Magashule: Gauteng violence not acts of xenophobia

Foreign-owned shops have been looted for days across Gauteng and dozens of people are behind bars.

Source: Magashule: Gauteng violence not acts of xenophobia | eNCA

Ace Magashule

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule says the current tension and acts of violence in Gauteng aren’t xenophobic but are acts of criminality. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG – ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule says the tension and acts of violence in Gauteng are not xenophobic but are acts of criminality.

He was addressing students at the Tshwane University of Technology’s main campus in Pretoria.

“It is not acts of xenophobia, these are acts of criminality, they are acts of tribal battles. And you think all these things are happening because of xenophobia, that is not the case.

“Criminals are seizing the opportunity to do what they are not supposed to do. That’s why we are saying police must act very harshly against criminals”, said Magashule.

Foreign-owned shops have been looted for days across Gauteng and dozens of people are behind bars.

At least seven people have now been killed in the violence in the province.

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    Mapingu 1 year ago

    Is Ace saying these are just criminals (that means not even necessarily S Africans, but just criminals of various nationalities) engaging in random criminal activities (that is not targeting any particular groups of all)? Is the ANC secretary general really serious about his assertions?

    Of coz if they are just criminals then it should be a mixture of diverse nationalities unless Ace is telling us that only S Africans are criminals now. Again if its random criminality (or even organised criminality) why targeting specific group of people (that is black foreigners)? If indeed a group of criminals (South African criminals for that matter) acting in common purpose sit down and agree to go and robber a certain group black immigrants’ homes, business, attack them, and burn down their properties in the process. why would Ace say it is not xenophobia. If the xenophobia aspect is out then Ace must explain why the criminals are selectively targeting an identifiable group for their criminal acts. May be the only other possible reason could be: the criminals know that black foreigners are not protected by the law (or by law enforcement agents) in SA hence they will get away with it? Is it so Mr Ace? Then this begs another question: Why are black foreigners to protected by your law enforcement agents Mr Ace? Is the reason not xenophobia again? Worse still, institutionalized xenophobia.