Thabo M MbekiThe Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF) has noted with grave concern, the on going attacks on fellow Africans – and other foreign nationals – from beyond our borders resident in our country.

As is our moral and political obligation, we join millions of South Africans in unequivocal condemnation of this criminality and commend efforts by the government to bring it to an end.

The attacks, some of which have resulted in deaths, injuries and damage to property offend not only the human dignity of the victims, but that of the vast majority of South Africans.

We call on those of our fellow nationals who are participants in these base misdeeds to stop!

Most importantly, we also call on members of our communities to work together with the South African Police Service, the government as a whole and community organisations that are involved in efforts to stop the attacks.

To our fellow Africans, we would like them to know that these actions by a few among us do not reflect the South African character. Long before the discovery of diamonds and gold, this part of Africa has always welcomed migrants from elsewhere on the continent and further afield.

The discovery of gold in the Witwatersrand in 1886 brought together Africans from all over the region to work in the mines and other industries. The descendants of these immigrants have, over the centuries, integrated into our society as South Africans and played an important role in the development of South Africa.

Limiting ourselves only to those who came from around the continent, we recall the contribution played by Clements Kadalie, a Malawian by origin who established the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union in 1919, Nobel Laureate Chief Albert Luthuli and Thomas Nkobi, both originally from Zimbabwe but who made enormous contributions to the struggle against apartheid.

The TMF believes that our country is challenged to engage in conversation about all elements that relate to this subject matter. Beyond the fundamental task of working as a nation to achieve a better life for all our people, on which we embarked in 1994, and which we know will still take time, these include:

‪#‎an‬ education curriculum that is unashamedly African; one that exposes young Africans to the continent’s contribution to human civilisation and promotes the understanding that like any people and peoples, as Africans, we sink or swim together!

#an examination by our media, especially the public broadcaster, of their output and the extent to which it promotes national and continental objectives on such matters as non-racialism, non-sexism, national cohesion and the African renaissance;

‪#‎the‬ promotion of a common national patriotism based on commitment to the inclusive values espoused in the constitution. Narrow and exclusive identity constructs are not imbued with the qualities of the Pan African spirit we need in dealing with the on going attacks on fellow Africans and others; and,

‪#‎expunging‬ from our discourse, bigoted language such as “Makwerekwere” and seemingly benign but unhelpful clichés that we often hear about, for example, that of South Africa as a “Gateway to Africa,” as though we were somewhere outside and far away from the African Continent.

Issued by the Thabo Mbeki Foundation


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  1. Jah,people must stop the attacks,it is painful.but we have to ask ourselves this question.”why South Africans attack them”?u know lives is too dificult to South Africans lower levels,the truth is freedom is not for all S.A,but for those who re belonging higher levels,like parliament peoples and their families and friends.the people who are fighting,they do that becuase they are suffering at the sametime our government allows thousands of foreiners to come in our country while S.A people are very suffering.the government must limitise the number of foreiners and allow those foreigners who come here to work,like teachers,doctors,players and other profesionals workers.not all that people who come here whith drugs,hair cutting machines and that shits.but only skilful people please.
    I dont think that there S.A people who are out of our country for cutting hair,selling all that shits as the cheap labours from S.A to other countries,please dont play whith the peoples,they worked hard for this freedom,but now it seem like foreigners get more freedom than citizens of S.A.


    • u are stupid and thats all


    • You are the Xenophobia it self. EDUCATE YOUR SELF WITH THE FOLLOWING:

      Economic globalization is the increasing economic integration and interdependence of national, regional and local economies across the world through an intensification of cross-border movement of goods, services, technologies and capital.[1] Whereas globalization is a broad set of processes concerning multiple networks of economic, political and cultural interchange, contemporary economic globalization is propelled by the rapid growing significance of information in all types of productive activities and marketization, and by developments in science and technology.

      What you currently need in SA is BASIC Education to acquire the skills and Knowledge you need to run and control your economic in future. Illegal immigrants has never been tolerated any where in the world. US, Canada and Australia welcomes Thousand of Immigrants yearly who has been helping in developing their economic. Foreigners are not the root of your problems.the new ANC lacks credibility


    • Are you for real? U sound so ignorant!!


  2. This is another hipocracy. He is foundation commends “government efforts” and short of promising perpetrators to justice. This is beyond compression, a total savegery and the country of xenophobic and all human races have to avoid. The entire world was watching when human beings are burned to death while the country,s stoodby smiling. Shame on a South Africa. This will be an emage that will live in our memory for the coming generations.


  3. This so called Alpeus, what an illiterate.


  4. The ANC clearly lacks the ability to plan, organize, manage and communicate with understanding and are guilty of acting impetuously not taking into consideration all sections of our population and prefer to rather give preference to the foreigners than the needs of our own people. Surely, after more than 20 years we have helped more foreigners in our country, not just with accommodation but with jobs as well, than the number of South Africans that were refugees in these countries prior to 1994. It is time that we control our borders better and rid our country of illegal foreigners that cannot contribute to help with education and training or have specialist skills that can benefit South Africans that are struggling and not take prospects for jobs away from our own people. Furthermore the government must take decisive action to assist our youth to get training so they can get employment.



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