Xenophobia returns to haunt Gauteng

The influential South African Communist Party has condemned the latest round of attacks against foreign nationals, mainly Zimbabweans, in Gauteng.

Last night, mobs attacked and burnt down shops belonging to foreign nationals in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni last night.

It has also been reported that two people sustained serious injuries during these criminal incidents.

“SACP Gauteng Province strongly condemns the attack and such behaviour cannot be tolerated and can only be attributed to lack of tolerance and respect for human life. These actions also expose the dismal failure of the capitalist system creating conditions for desperation and agitation amongst the poor working class communities,” Pat Ntsobi, SACP provincial spokesperson told The Zimbabwean in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg.

“The SACP Gauteng Province calls upon all progressive forces in our communities to remain vigilant so that genuine community struggles are not hijacked by criminal and xenophobic elements. We also call upon the law enforcement authorities to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book. We cannot stand aside whilst hooligans are running amok in our communities.”

The attacks brought memories of the 2008 violence that left more than 60 people dead.

Elsewhere, tensions are simmering between residents and foreign nationals in Alexandra where low-cost housing is at the centre of the storm.

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