22 February 2017

South Africa: Acts of Violence Against Foreign Nationals Regretable


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.

South Africa

Large Parts of Joburg Without Water, Cause Is Unknown

Large parts of Johannesburg have been without water since Tuesday evening and the cause is anyone's guess. Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 Parliament of South Africa. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.