“South Africa needs to engage in a “serious” national discussion about citizenship to combat xenophobia as the attacks on foreign nationals are escalating alarmingly,” said IFP National Chairperson Mr Blessed Gwala.
“A society that is changing needs to have an antidote to xenophobia and racism. A serious discussion about citizenship is one of the antidotes to xenophobia. Against a backdrop of pervasive unemployment, the government must ensure vulnerable groups such as immigrants are not blamed for the nation’s economic woes. It is crucial that South Africa makes the agenda of combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance a priority,” continued Mr Gwala.
“In particular, there is a need for clear and more visible political leadership in combating racism and xenophobia. We warn government that scapegoating vulnerable groups, such as the undocumented individuals, as the cause of economic hardships can create a climate of racial hostility and violence against these groups of people,” added Mr Gwala.
“South African authorities must show leadership in the fight against racism and xenophobia. We further stress that the issue of xenophobia is not an issue involving only the police and government, but also call on civil society at large to take ownership of the challenges that face our country . We as the IFP are willing to offer assistance whenever it is needed to eradicate this scourge,” concluded Mr Gwala.
The IFP believes that to eradicate xenophobia, our government should address the economic and related problems that cause it.
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