Mashaba on xenophobia: SA's unemployed should've gotten first apology

Mashaba on xenophobia: SA's unemployed should've gotten first apology

- South African envoys are hard at work apologising for the recent xenophobic attacks in the country

- Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba is adamant that there is nothing to apologise for, refusing to budge on his immigration stance

- Mashaba says the nation's unemployed and victims of crime at the hands of foreign nationals should be first in line for an apology

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President Cyril Ramaphosa and his team of special envoys are scouring Africa, profusely apologising for xenophobia in South Africa.

The Democratic Alliance's Joburg Mayor Herman Mashaba, on the other hand, says citizens who are suffering at the hands of immigrants should be the first in line for the government's apologies, reports The South African.

In an interview with CNBC Africa, Mashaba refused to back down on his firm immigration stance, commenting that:

“There is nothing to apologise for. We have a responsibility to get the president and Home Affairs to do something [about immigration]. What would anyone want me to apologise for? … The country owes an official apology to thousands, if not millions of our young girls who are turned into forced prostitution by international drug syndicates.”

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Mashaba insisted that a blind eye would not be turned on 'such evil', adamant that SA owes an official apology to the millions of unemployed citizens:

“We are not going to turn a blind eye on such evil crime happening under our watch. The country also owes an official apology to the 10.2 million unemployed South Africans who are today without jobs as a result of billions of counterfeit goods being brought illegally into the country, killing local manufacturing.” reported that despite retaliation in African countries, the majority of fatalities during the violence had been South Africans.

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