22 February 2017

South Africa: Acts of Violence Against Foreign Nationals Regretable

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The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs is dismayed by increasing violence against foreign nationals. This surge in violence, particularly in Gauteng, goes against the spirit in which the African Union was created, that of building a peaceful, prosperous and integrated Africa.

While the Committee understands and is sympathetic to the concerns raised by communities, it cautions against unfairly painting all foreign nationals with the same brush. Furthermore, it is unacceptable that crime can be attributed exclusively to foreign nationals.

The Committee further dissuades communities from taking the law into their own hands, as the country has capable institutions equipped to fighting crime. Communities must approach relevant law enforcement authorities to share information about any illegal incidents in their communities.

The current international migration policy, which is being reviewed, identifies the central role that migration has to play in attracting critical skills necessary for the growth of South Africa's economy. As such, migration is a necessary pillar in the country's future growth trajectory.

The Committee urges law enforcement agencies to do their work effectively, as a way of preventing such incidents.

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