Zuma urged to tackle intolerance

zuma_speakJOhANNESBURG - A South African church leader this week accused president Jacob Zumas government of not doing enough to prevent further attacks on foreigners, following last weeks attacks in the Western Cape.


The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has continued to dismiss reports of looming xenophobia and Zuma himself this week joined police Minister Nathi Mthethwa in dismissing the Western Cape attacks as the work of opportunistic

criminals.

But Archbishop Buti tlhagale, the Catholic Archbishop of Johannesburg, who is also president of the Southern African

Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC), said government and citizens should listen with renewed vigour to these voices expressing legitimate grievance and act for our common good.

We call on government and communities at all levels to confront the issue of violence in a proactive and productive manner that will make for peace and tolerance.

Let us all use the goodwill shown during the World Cup to build a better country, said tlhagale.

rumours and assertions must be tested. We cannot allow the rumours to become fact. Many of the targets of previous xenophobic attacks have been foreigners, people from other countries now living legally in South Africa, he added

It is also misleading to assert that the cause of xenophobia is a hatred of foreignborn persons living in South Africa. In the past violence,against foreign communities in the name of protests against poor service delivery suggests that we must be

vigilant and work harder to improve the lot of the poorest of South African residents.

the Archbishop called on government to manage the legal flow of people in and out of the country, as proper management would ensure that legitimate migrants are provided with proper documentation and the ability to settle peacefully

into the South African community, having gone through the proper application processes.

A combination of tolerance from communities and resolute action on the part of government would help ensure that the positive experiences of so many visitors to South Africa in recent months can continue to be replicated in our local communities, said tlhagale.

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