Xenophobic attacks scare away investors: Analyst :Tuesday 14 April 2015. The spate of Xenophobic attacks plaguing the country impacts negatively on attracting foreign investment, an analyst says.
(SABC) Xenophobic attacks will take South Africa backwards and stifle its continental integration and development, warns International Relations analyst Siphamandla Zondi. South Africa is the second-strongest economy on the continent and it attracts thousands of refugees and migrants. However, with the ongoing xenophobic attacks the country is portrayed in a bad light and this will scare away investors, according to Zondi. Zondi says the xenophobic attacks are currently gripping the country and are sending out a negative message abroad saying. Xenophobic violence has been occurring throughout the country with the most recent violence plaguing the eThekwini area. Recently, a letter was sent to eThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo demanding the removal of all foreigners who run businesses in townships.
Foreigners live in fear in Rustenburg:Tuesday 14 April 2015. Shine from Ethiopia says they have seen how protesters take shop owners stock.
(SABC) Foreign nationals running spaza shops around Rustenburg, in the North West are living in fear following attacks on foreigners in other provinces, one of them said on Tuesday. “We do not know whether we are safe. We are living in fears,” says one shopkeeper, identifying himself as Shine from Ethiopia. “It is a matter of time, we will be attacked. Shine says his business was never attacked and he has not been intimidated before but, fears once protests spark in the area, he would be at risk of being attacked and his shop looted. “I have seen how shops were looted during protests in many parts of South Africa. HRC to lead KZN xenophobia fact finding mission:Tuesday 14 April 2015. The HRC says it condemns any attacks on foreign nationals(REUTERS) Human Rights Commission (HRC) chairperson, Lawrence Mushwana, is on Tuesday leading a fact-finding mission to areas in the Ethekwini metro that have been wrecked by xenophobic violence for more than a week.
HRC spokesperson, Isaac Mangena, says they want to speak to foreigners who fled the violence and see conditions they are living under. Mangena says the commission also wants to see what role they can play alongside the provincial and national government to find a lasting solution. Mangena adds that the HRC condemns any attacks on foreign nationals. “We believe there is an opportunity for a dialogue to resolve some of these issues without apportioning blame.
Further, Mangena says their visit forms part of an investigation into complaints about statements King Goodwill Zwelithini made about foreigners before the outbreak of violence. Violence flares up in Durban CBD xenophobic attack:Tuesday 14 April 2015. Hundreds of people across the greater Ethekwini Municipality have been forced to flee to escape attacks and looting over the past week.
(SABC) Police have used rubber bullets to disperse a crowd in the Durban CBD after violence erupted as foreign nationals retaliated when locals tried to loot their shops. Hundreds of people across the greater Ethekwini Municipality have been forced to flee to escape attacks and looting over the past week. Five people have been killed since the violence started. Most recently, an Ethiopian national was burnt alive when a mob threw a petrol bomb into his shop in Umlazi, south of Durban. Earlier on Tuesday, the Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko and his colleagues from the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster addressed the media on the xenophobic attacks.
“The situation necessarily has not come to that point to necessitate army deployment. Police deployed in areas affected by xenophobic attacks in KZN:Sunday 12 April 2015. Red Cross disaster manager Cyril Vezi says the situation in areas hit by xenophobic violence is tense.
(SABC) National Police Commissioner Riah Piyega says they have deployed more than 100 police members in areas that are affected by xenophobic attacks around Durban. Piyega together with security and police ministers and provincial Premier Senzo Mchunu visited the camp where foreign nations are accommodated. ‘Burning of apartheid statues dents SAs image’:Monday 6 April 2015. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) set alight a war memorial statue standing in front of the City Hall at Uitenhage's Market Square on Thursday.
Destroying statues is illegal – Zuma:Friday 10 April 2015. National dialogue needed on statues - NHC:Friday 10 April 2015. NHC want a national dialogue on statues(SABC) The South African National Heritage Council believes a national dialogue on colonial and apartheid statues is needed to decide the future of such monuments.
Processes need to be followed in the removal of colonial statues. But a national debate needs to happen before a decision is taken on the future of statues of the colonial era. These are the sentiments of South African National Council CEO, Sonwabile Mancotywa in an interview on SAfm on Friday. "As part of Unesco, if you want to remove a statue, there is a process - section 34 of the National Heritage Resource Act - that you can apply," says Mancotywa. Mancotywa added that the debate should be about what should be done about such statues. "There are important questions we need to ask during such a dialogue, what is it that we need to have in our public space that is a true reflection of how we want the world to look at us," he says. EFF threatens to remove all apartheid statues in Pretoria:Saturday 4 April 2015.
People of different races take turns to have photographs taken at the Paul Kruger statue.
(southafrica.org.za) Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will destroy statues of “all icons of apartheid” in Pretoria, including the giant effigy of Paul Kruger at the Church Square at the city centre, the party’s Tshwane deputy chairperson Moafrika Mabongwana said on Saturday. “The fact that these statues, which are symbols of white supremacy, are still found in this city is a crime against our people. We are going to remove everything that represents apartheid and white supremacy from this city,” said Mabongwana. Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter condemns defacing of statues:Monday 13 April 2015. The man responsible for defacing Mahatma Ghandi statue will be appearing in court on Monday.
(Twitter) Granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, Ela Gandhi, has called on South Africans to stand up against the wave of ill-discipline that, she says, is leading the country into chaos. The statue of her grandfather in central Johannesburg was smeared with paint over the weekend. Ela Gandhi has also condemned a range of recent actions in South Africa including xenophobic attacks, vigilante killings, disruptive behaviour and the defacing of statues. She says these are the acts of ill-disciplined extremists. “ All that, I mean, it is a kind of an indication of an extremist viewpoint which is intolerant, which does not have the discipline to sit down and talk to people and let people understand where they come from, what they want and so on. Gandhi says it seems to her that it is open season for vandals to deface any statue that they do not like.
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