GIVE PEACE A GO

END XENOPHOBIA: Part of an estimated crowd of about 10 000 who took part in an anti-xenophobia peace march in Durban yesterday. The police were forced to step in when groups clashed with the peaceful protesters at the Durban City Hall. Picture: EPA
END XENOPHOBIA: Part of an estimated crowd of about 10 000 who took part in an anti-xenophobia peace march in Durban yesterday. The police were forced to step in when groups clashed with the peaceful protesters at the Durban City Hall. Picture: EPA

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.

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2 thoughts on “GIVE PEACE A GO

  • April 19, 2015 at 8:45 pm
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    This is out of control us as South Africans must live in fear. we all have a right to safety. Someone Please lock Malema up for destroying a country that does not belong to him. he is nothing, he has a right to his opinion but thats all. I wish every single day of my life that I can go life and speak my mind. The way these people act is absolutely ridiculous. we no longer live on the past!!!!!!! Today black and white get married and have kids, They work together they are our bosses and we all should stand together. Who is racist today. Do they want history just to repeat itself. He will only prove what a idiot he is. I work among so man factory people all mainly black and incl numsa people that hates Malema and say that he has no idea what he is doing. I will not let people make us believe that what they doing is right. we all have a right to live no matter what colour but these that act like baboons should live in the wild. why not stand together and get out country to a state where we can all be proud. all you doing is embarrassing us!!!! No words for these actions. Do you not have kids that you want to bring up in a safe environment or should all be violence. dont we
    have enough crime, if you Malema want to be our president show us the good in change not what you can destroy!

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  • April 17, 2015 at 8:40 am
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    I ask you with tears in my eyes – quote from above
    “Malema said Zuma had a habit of hitting back with violence against those who disagreed with him”
    What on earth does Maleme think he is doing promoting xenophobia – does he not consider what is happening now “violence” as well as the defacing of statues and their outcomes??

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