South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned the latest spate of xenophobic attacks in the country and called on security agencies to arrest perpetrators.
He said the violence, which mostly targeted Malawian and other African nationals, in KwaZulu-Natal, was regrettable, “particularly on the eve of Freedom Month” marking 25 years since the country’s first democratic elections.
Last week, dozens of people were forced from their homes by angry mobs who also looted shops.
Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters echoed Ramaphosa’s sentiments. He told party supporters the EFF does not need the votes of xenophobic people.
“If you are not going to vote for EFF because we say you must love Africans you can keep your vote,” Malema said. “We do not want a vote of people who are xenophobic. We do not want votes of people who suffer from self-hate. Africa is one, without the unity of Africa we will be exploited forever by Europe, by America, and now by China,” he said.
Malema urged EFF supporters not to attack foreign nationals. “Let us love one another, let us unite as Africans, because the unity of Africans is a threat to white people. It is white people who thrive on division because their principle is divide and rule. Stop self-hate. Love Africans the way you love yourself.”