Lindiwe Sisulu: SA will pay the price for xenophobic attacks

Lindiwe Sisulu: SA will pay the price for xenophobic attacks

- Lindiwe Sisulu has pleaded with South Africans to put an end to xenophobic violence

- She said that South Africa may have to answer for its xenophobia before the International Criminal Court

- Additionally, Sisulu urged foreigners to live by local norms when they are in South Africa

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International Relations and Co-operation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has said that South Africa could be called before the International Criminal Court over the recent waves of xenophobic violence.

She was referring to recent xenophobic attacks in Durban.

Sisulu said that the xenophobia was driven by a struggle for resources between poor South Africans and foreigners.

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Sisulu reportedly spoke to a gathering of African diplomats and urged them to tell their citizens to live by South African norms as long as they were in the country. She also pleaded with South Africans to be more accommodating to immigrants.

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She pointed out that if the attacks continued, she may be forced to appear before the International Criminal Court on the country's behalf and explain why South Africans were behaving so violently toward foreigners, according to IOL.

Sisulu added that she hoped South Africa could put an end to these xenophobic attacks, saying, "They don't give us a good name at all."

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Sisulu also touched on government's recent decision to downgrade its embassy in Israel. She said that the ANC at agreed at its policy conference in 2016 that if Israeli occupation of Palestine did not come to an end, it would take action against Israel.

The embassy downgrading was part of this move, has gathered.

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