Corrupt cops free attackers

SEVENTEEN perpetrators of xenophobia, violence and hooliganism against thriving foreigners have been released from police custody without any charges levelled against them, a move that was received with great suspicion by victims of xenophobia and hate, who include the majority of Zimbabwean and Mozambican citizens living in Soshanguve, some 10 kilometres north of South African capital, Pretoria.

Jealous South Africans went beserk last week burning thriving businesses owned by foreigners, mainly Zimbabweans and Mozambicans. Apart from burning their businesses, the known South African criminals assaulted innocent people for running successful businesses before looting foodstuffs worth thousands of rands.

The case was reported to the South African Police Service (SAPS), who arrested the culprits, but surprisingly, the accused persons (locals) were all set free without any charges levelled against them.

The SA police has been rated the most corrupt force in Africa alongside the Nigerian police. SAPS National Police Commissioner, Jackie Selebi, was last week suspended by President Thabo Mbeki on allegations of corruption.

Lawyers for human rights and the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum (ZEF) have condemned the xenophobic attacks on foreigners.

ZEF said it was extremely worried about the recent spate of xenophobic attacks against foreigners in South Africa.

“ZEF notes with disconcertion that the phenomenon of xenophobia in South Africa has been fuelled by irresponsible reporting of crime by various media correspondents. This situation has also not been helped by reckless and groundless statements made by high-ranking officials that crime in South Africa is perpetrated mainly by foreigners,” said ZEF Director, Gabriel Shumba.

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