The IFP Leadership in Gauteng extends sincere gratitude to IFP President Emeritus, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP for showing leadership and sharing wisdom in trying to quell xenophobia in Johannesburg this past Sunday.
To set the record straight, iziNduna and local leadership had awaited the arrival of National Police Minister Bheki Cele who had promised the community that he together with his government counterparts were to address the concerns of residents, yet he and others postponed the meeting at the eleventh hour.
As responsible leaders and responsive to the needs of the community in Johannesburg and South Africa at large, it was important that we continue with the meeting together with leaders of faith-based organizations to address looting, criminality and xenophobia.
The message delivered by Prince Buthelezi was well received, however, disgruntled residents simply ignored law enforcement agencies and continued to antagonize foreign nationals.
We call on the community to isolate criminals and report criminal activity as violence is not the solution to seek justice.
The IFP in Gauteng believes that many are saddened at the fact that government simply does not walk its talk when making promises it cannot keep.
Minister Cele and his counterparts nationally and provincial should desist from making wrongful and hurtful statements which do not aide our calls to stop the violence in Gauteng.
Government leaders cannot fight each other at a time when the country’s economic hub is burning. The IFP believes that together we can work towards finding amicable solutions to fighting criminality and quell xenophobia.
Bonginkosi Dhlamini MPL
IFP Gauteng Provincial Chairperson
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