Xenophobia: In the wake of another xenophobic attack on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa, an old video of the Deputy Minister of Police Bongani Mkongi condemning foreigners in the country ha surfaced.
In the video, Mkongi could be heard saying South Africa would not allow foreigners to take over the economy in their country and you would hardly see South Africans dominating a region in another country.
“How can a city in South Africa be 80% foreign national? That is dangerous. South Africans have surrendered their own city to the foreigners.”
His utterances were however condemned by the SAHRC which described them as xenophobic.
“The SAHRC is of the view that statements such as this have the potential of fuelling anti-immigrant sentiments and is in fact xenophobic. South Africa is already grappling with the scourge of violent xenophobic attacks‚ often directed against fellow African non-nationals.
“As a figure of authority in the Department of Police – and by extension across society – the Deputy Minister is expected to exercise a great deal of circumspection in his public utterances.
Not only are the statements factually incorrect‚ (in that he claims‚ without evidence to the effect‚ that ‘80% ‘of the city is occupied by foreign nationals)‚ they also unjustifiably ascribe crime to foreign nationals as an undifferentiated group‚” the commission said in a statement.