- ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has spoken out against the continued violent protests in SA
- Magashule insists that criminality, not xenophobia, had sparked the uprisings in parts of the country
- Speaking at TUT, Magashule questioned why white people had not been lumped in with foreign nationals
Ace Magashule has commented on the situation facing South Africa, adamant that Africa should be united.
The ANC secretary-general insisted that tribalism was pitting Africans against each other, questioning why white citizens had not been subjected to the same treatment, reports The Citizen.
“There are many others with a whitish colour. You don’t know them. They are there. You see them all the time but you can’t say this one ke le kwerekwere [offensive term for foreigner]. They have never been attacked because they are also so-called foreigners but because their colour is white.”
Despite these comments, Magashule told students at his address at Tshwane University of Technology that criminality was largely to blame for the recent violence:
"It is not acts of xenophobia, these are acts of criminality, they are acts of tribal battles. And you think all these things are happening because of xenophobia, that is not the case."
The ANC veteran had insisted that criminals are seizing the chance to break the law, explaining the ruling party's call for the police to act 'very harshly' against offenders, reports eNCA.
Nevertheless, Briefly.co.za reported that the violence facing foreign nationals in South Africa has garnered international attention, with African countries witnessing retaliation attacks on locally-owned business interests.
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