SA addresses xenophobia

A South African cabinet minister said the government was committed to stamping out the recurring problem of xenophobia.

The Minister for Public Service and Administration, Richard Baloyi, revealed that the government was preparing a document that would enable them to deal with the issue.

“Xenophobia is a very serious problem that we need to deal with decisively as we are currently collating information that will lead to extensive consultations and ultimately the compilation of South Africa's third report to be tabled in July 2013,” he said during his opening remarks of the African Peer Review Mechanism meeting in Johannesburg.

Baloyi said xenophobia was one of the issues that an APRM panel identified as needing attention.

The summit in Sandton, Johannesburg was part of regular meetings whereby Focal Point members were reviewing its operations towards the finalisation of the Revised Set of Procedures as per the directive of the APRM.

Representatives from Angola, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria attended the meeting.

Xenophobia is widespread in South Africa where locals have in recent years attacking foreign nationals, mainly Zimbabweans living in the country.

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