I will write to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete, to request a debate of National Importance to interrogate the failure of the Minster of Police to act decisively and present a plan to contain the rise of xenophobic violence in our country. This follows the most recent xenophobic attacks in KZN, which are a repeat of those experienced in Gauteng earlier this year.
The Minister needs to account for why these incidences have been allowed to fester in Durban and elsewhere in the country and should urgently table vital plans to counter the rise of xenophobia.
It is reported that hundreds of foreign nationals have been forced to flee their homes and are now seeking refuge in police stations and temporary camps. Looting has also taken place and many foreign nationals have lost their means to make a living.
The DA extends heartfelt condolences to the families of those who have been killed and affected by the looting and violence.
Minister Nhleko would do well to stop discharging unlawful suspensions and crippling state institutions and instead occupy himself with combating the ongoing violence against foreign nationals, who are also deserving of protection and their right to safety and security.
Parliament’s discussion of this matter should be aimed at forcing Minister Nhleko to intervene urgently to halt further murders and restore the rule of law in the interests of all South Africans and foreign nationals.
Issued by DA