- International Relations Minister Naledi Pandor has raised eyebrows after blaming xenophobic tensions in SA on apartheid
- Speaking to diplomats from African nations, Pandor had insisted that the legacy of segregation was the cause of the violence
- This garnered disapproval from citizens who slammed the politician for hiding behind excuses instead of addressing more substantial issues
Naledi Pandor has come under fire after she told ambassadors and high commissioners from Africa that apartheid was to blame for xenophobic attacks in Mzansi.
The South African reports that the minister had been attempting to ease tensions during the diplomatic meeting following attacks on foreign nationals:
“The legacy of apartheid was deep and rigidly entrenched inequality for black people. While political and civil freedom soothed the wounds of apartheid, the long term and worsening economic inequality has deepened resentment and caused antipathy toward brothers and sisters from other African countries.”
TimesLIVE reports that Pandor had insisted that the impression that African migrants were 'stealing' jobs from locals had further served to aggravate the situation.
Briefly.co.za reported that South Africa is doing damage control as African countries like Nigeria reacted to the xenophobic attacks targeting their people.
Nigeria is leading the way, with political parties in the region warning of possible sanctions and even the nationalisation of locally-owned businesses.
With South Africa battling unemployment and difficult economic times, the nation would suffer should the threats against the economy take root.
Nevertheless, this opinion put forward by the minister tasked with maintaining relations with fellow African nations has been met with criticism by many:
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