Xenophobic attacks 'related to careless remarks by SA political leaders'

International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Minister of Police Bheki Cele will on Monday meet with ambassadors from different countries to discuss the spate of recent xenophobic attacks.

The meeting follows attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu Natal last week.

Read: Xenophobic attacks may threaten SA Inc. in Africa (and therefore your pension)

To discuss the upcoming meeting, Zambian High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba speaks to Bongani Bingwa.

With the history of South Africa and foreign nationals, there is intense fear among foreign citizens that these attacks could spark another wave of attacks against foreign nationals.

Emmanuel Mwamba, Zambian High Commissioner - South Africa

These attacks are related to the careless remarks by political leaders on migration and we urge political leaders to be very careful about what they say because lives can be lost, especially during this tense period.

Emmanuel Mwamba, Zambian High Commissioner - South Africa

We can have a migration debate, but it is the foreigner that is blamed for poverty, the lack of service delivery and for the competition for jobs and houses.

Emmanuel Mwamba, Zambian High Commissioner - South Africa

Mwamba believes that foreign nationals are always blamed and therefore urges political leaders not to spark hatred amongst locals and foreign citizens.

He says there were reports that an InterCape bus was burned down in Malawi.

We are monitoring the situation, and we are also issuing information back home, that there should be no retaliation attacks, and the matter is being dealt with, hence the meeting that is taking place.

Emmanuel Mwamba, Zambian High Commissioner - South Africa

Listen below to the full interview:


This article first appeared on 702 : Xenophobic attacks 'related to careless remarks by SA political leaders'


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