Bay rallies to beat xenophobia Malema lays into ‘killer’ Zuma Police units already on high alert
EFF leader Julius Malema laid into President Jacob Zuma yesterday as Zuma condemned the violent xenophobic attacks that have gripped parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, saying the president had created the impression that problems could be solved with violence.
Malema said Zuma had a habit of hitting back with violence against those who disagreed with him.
“When you disagreed with the people in Marikana, you killed them,” he said.
“When the people of Relela [Limpopo] protested, you killed them.
“When the people of Mothutlung [North West] were demanding water, you killed them. When [Andries] Tatane protested [in Ficksburg in the Free State] against this state, you killed him.”
Malema said Zuma’s son, Edward, had contributed to the problem by making statements against foreign nationals.
“You cannot control the country and you cannot control your own son,” Malema said.
Zuma made a special statement about the violence in parliament yesterday, saying that South Africans were not inherently xenophobic.
“If they were, we would not have such a high number of foreign nationals who have successfully integrated into communities.”
He said South Africans had been treated with “generosity and respect by our brothers from Africa” when they had fled apartheid and refugees here needed to be treated the same way.
The perceptions of foreign nationals as illegal, criminal or taking over jobs or ownership of shops needed to be addressed.
Many foreign nationals contributed to the economy, brought scarce skills, or were refugees who had fled wars.
Zuma called for calm and dialogue in solving the issues and urged those “fanning the flames of violence” on social media to desist.
Zuma’s address comes as Eastern Cape police are on high alert following the violence in other parts of the country.
Joint operation centres have been set up provincially and in clusters to keep watch for potential flare-ups. Emergency evacuation plans are also being prepared.