Sisulu calls urgent meeting with African Ambassadors over Durban xenophobic attacks

Zambia's High Commissioner in South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba speaking to African News Agency in Pretoria on the sidelines of a summit on the recent wave of attacks on foreign nationals in parts of South Africa

A man with a sign calling for the abolition of borders on the African continent is seen during the anti-xenophobia march in Johannesburg.

Speaking at an African National Congress fundraising dinner held at the Coastlands Hotel in Durban on Friday night, Ramaphosa said the attacks on foreigners, which started on Sunday and continued into Tuesday this week, were "wrong".

An unknown number of them are undocumented. The problems of Zimbabwe are our problems; let us not be too local, let us be worldwide. Ramaphosa said that the ANC wants to "show everyone that in the next administration we mean business". Why do you beat up locals without papers?

Pamla complained about Home Affairs not doing its job properly which allowed foreign nationals to operate in South Africa without proper documentation.

"If you are not going to vote for EFF because we say you must love Africans you can keep your vote", Malema said.

On Thursday, the government said that it was concerned about the reported attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal.

Protesters attacked foreign tuckshop owners, mainly in poor neighbourhoods, and drove hundreds to flee their homes.

This comes after a graphic video and imagery did the rounds on social media this week wherein protests erupted and foreign nationals were attacked, with police having to intervene in the areas of and surrounding Kenville, Inanda Road and Sea Cow Lake in Durban.

"The attack on foreign nationals for whatever reason is a form of intolerance that the people of this country have rejected many times before and must do so again and again and again."

"As South Africans, we owe our freedom to the solidarity and support given to our liberation struggle by people across our continent and around the world".

"There is something that we are learning and it goes both ways, we are learning that whenever there is an issue people need to meet and talk about it and find solutions, initially it was an issue that confronted foreign drivers and local drivers but now in the discussions we need to include those employers that are taking advantage of the situation in which foreign truck drivers are paid low salaries".

The president said he personally condemns them in the strongest terms because this is not what South Africans do.

"They stood side by side with us as we were engaged in struggle".

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