Thabo Mbeki: Attacking foreign nationals is not patriotic or revolutionary

Newly elected University of South Africa (Unisa) chancellor Thabo Mbeki has expressed concern over violent attacks targeted at African migrants in the country.

The former president, who was inaugurated on Monday, said he was worried about reports he had read of the anti-immigration march which took place in the country’s capital city last week.

“Those who organise and participate in these attacks, which must stop, must know there is absolutely nothing revolutionary, progressive, patriotic, acceptable or of service to the people in what are in fact criminal activities,” said Mbeki.

He said South Africans should never forget the role other African countries played in the country’s struggle for liberation.

Foreign-owned shops looted
Last week, the Tshwane city centre was brought to a standstill as a group from Mamelodi marched to the home affairs department, while another group from Atteridgeville also held demonstrations which left a trail of destruction.

Some protesters, who were carrying traditional weapons, looted foreign-owned shops. Police had to intervene in order to prevent clashes between the group and foreign nationals.

Mbeki also remarked on the current higher education crisis in his address, saying he would await the outcome of the fees commission before sharing his thoughts on solutions to the problem.

He also said police had an obligation to act on complaints brought to them by communities.

“When our communities discover or suspect criminal activities in their areas, regardless of the nationality of the alleged criminal or criminals, they must report this to the police service,” said Mbeki.

The former statesman said South Africans should not make the mistake of committing the offence of viewing or characterising African migrants in the country as criminals.

”We cannot now behave in a manner that treats fellow Africans who are now residents in the country as enemies or unwelcome guests,” he said. – News24

We make it make sense

If this story helped you navigate your world, subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Matshidiso Madia
Tshidi Madia
Love & Light•Journalist•decided to call myself a lover of things cause you know.

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Latest stories

Links between colleges, industry vital

Weak partnerships with industry and poor curriculum choices are among the factors driving unemployment among graduates

‘South Africa on a path to unjust transition’

The country needs a greener economy but energy specialists say policymakers must ensure the creation of a fairer economy in the process

Whistleblower helps SIU in diamonds corruption raid

The SIU alleges fraud and graft in state mining company's procurement

SA Mint launches rhino coin

The coins are produced in limited quantities ranging from 500 to 2 000, depending on the demand
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×