Cormsa condemns attacks

The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa has condemned on-going xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals, including Zimbabweans, in Botshabelo, Free State.

It called on the South African government to act and provide stronger protection mechanisms in communities and to open dialogue between local authorities and residents to address service delivery grievances, which are blamed for unrests.

More than 500 foreign nationals of mainly Ethiopian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Zimbabwean origin had been displaced as a result of the violence that erupted in Botshabelo more than a week ago. More than 700 shops were looted or destroyed.

“The Botshabelo incident is not the first instance where non-nationals have been used as a scapegoat for bigger issues affecting the broader community. There has been a breakdown in communication between the municipality and the communities involved,” said Cormsa Communications Officer, Gwadamirai Majange.

‘‘Hate crimes legislation, if properly and effectively implemented, would ensure that those responsible for these attacks face the full might of the law and are held accountable,’’ she added.

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