We can’t stop Xenophobic attacks – South Africa defence minister

South Africa’s minister of defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, has said the xenophobic attacks on foreigners in the country cannot be stopped.

The minister said South Africa is “an angry nation” and the attacks of foreigners in the country are orchestrated by criminal elements.

We can’t stop Xenophobic attacks – South Africa defence minister


In an interview with eNCA, a South African media outfit, Mapisa-Nqakula described what is happening as an attempt by criminals to take advantage of the country’s current challenges.

She said:

“People are saying it is xenophobic attacks (but) it is not the first time we have had them in the past. Here, we have criminals that have read the situation and are aware that we have challenges right now.

“We have talked on the issues of high rate of unemployment, of some foreign nationals who are not conducting themselves in an appropriate manner as we would expect, those breaking the bylaws of the country, and you now have criminal elements who have decided that we are going to use all of those things to find reasons to attack people. It is unfortunate and should not happen.

“The reality is that we need to have a serious dialogue about what is happening, we must take responsibility. The reality is that we are an angry nation and we must talk about it.

“Why are we an angry nation? Why are we so determined to collapse our project of nation building and social cohesion? We need to hold hands together between government and all state entities and the civil society and find solutions to what is happening.”

She added that the crisis in the country “can never” be prevented by any government, and that the South African government must discuss with the people on the way forward.

“People are saying some heads of state decided not to attend WEF; we should be talking about why this whole thing is coinciding with the World Economic Forum,” Mapisa-Nqakula said.

“We should talk about this which clearly is well orchestrated by criminal elements. Nothing political whatsoever.”

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  1. THANKS FOR THE POSITION MADE GLASSY CLEAR.UNTIL NOW, IT IS DENIAL UPON DENIAL.

    NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT:

    THE BALL IS IN YOUR COURT TO SAVE YOUR CITIZENS.

    LETS ACT NOW BEFORE MANY MORE ARE KILLED.

  2. WHAT YOU CANNOT STOP SHOULD BE STARTED IN THE FIRST PLACE.

    NIGERIANS WILL HELP YOU STOP IT BY LEAVING YOUR GOD – CURSED COUNTRY FOR GOOD.

    DO US GOOD BY LEAVING OUR OWN COUNTRY FOR GOOD.

    VIOLENCE (XENOPHOBIA, AFROPHOBIA, AFRICAPHOBIA, NIGERIAPHOBIA) CANNOT BE MONOPOLIZED.

    NELSON MANDELA MUST BE DISTRAUGHT AT THE VIOLENT ACTIONS OF HIS SONS AND DAUGHTERS ON THE STREETS AND THOSE THAT SIT IN GOVERNMENTAL CHAIRS TO ORCHESTRATE EVIL OF EPIC PROPORTIONS.

    AS A MAN WHO SAW TOMORROW HE EXITED ON TIME, TO ENSURE THAT HE SEES NOT SUCH ABERRATIONS.

    IT IS CONTESTABLE THAT NELSON MANDELA WAS A SOUTH AFRICAN.

  3. WHO USES THE DRUGS WE “TRAFFIC” ON? –THE DAMNABLE SOUTH AFRICANS

    WHO ISSUES VISA TO SOUTH AFRICA- THE MONEY HUNGRY SOUTH AFRICANS

    WHO DENIES XENOPHOBIA – THE LYING SOUTH AFRICANS

    WHO INSTIGATED XENOPHOBIA- THE HATRED-FILLED SOUTH AFRICANS

    WHO CANNOT STOP THE TIDE OF XENOPHOBIA- THE WACKO SOUTH AFRICANS

    SUMMARY:

    NIGERIAN MUST CUT ALL DIPLOMATIC AND NON DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH THIS DEMON FOR THE NEXT 200 YEARS.

    THEY ARE MAGGOTS AND FAGGOTS

  4. The situation in SA is a very challenging one. First of all, there are many Nigerian professionals of repute who are making great impacts in SA. The stereotype that all Nigerians are criminal is baseless and unreasonable. We have a few Nigerians who are allowed into SA because they paid their way through agents at the SA embassies in Nigeria. What do we expect? Of course these caliber of Nigerians had no prior intentions to contribute positively to the SA economy because they had nothing to offer. On the other hand, genuine Nigerian citizens who would have been allowed to visit SA are denied visas because they did not employ the services of agents who feed SA embassy staff. The SA government has a lot of work to do by not posting hungry diplomats to African consulates. Bribery and corruption at SA embassies should be stopped so as not to destroy the good work done by Nelson Mandela. Some of the foreign professionals in SA have started to flee the country. Foreign investors would be discouraged to bring investments to SA when these attacks on foreigners are becoming incessant. I hear president Ramaphosa talking about foreign direct investments in SA parliament. This becomes a serious challenge because no investor wants to invest in a highly xenophobic environment. I love SA and would not want it to collapse. Government officials should become more transparent and stop stealing, bearing in mind that the good work done by Tata Mandela needs to endure. Up to date, many professionals who would have contributed immensely to the greatness of SA have been driven out to more reasonable countries of the world, while SA continues to languish in want of skills. A visit to some of the SA remote hospitals would convince you why Nigerian doctors should not be driven away, because collapse becomes imminent. In some of these rural hospitals, you find indigenous doctors coming to work, dead drunk, while foreign doctors bear the burden. I appeal to the ANC led government to fight to pull the country together. SA is a great nation but it needs to be re-engineered. I remember when I was in high school in Nigeria in the early seventies. We were taught by Indians and British teachers, who eventually returned to their countries. One big mistake that SA is making is that these professionals would eventually displace them as time goes on. Africans would always go back to their roots. Why on earth is Canada still allowing foreigners to come into their country? The reason is that they contribute immensely to the economy of Canada through their productivity. In SA, people with no skills cry that foreigners have come to take their jobs. How is this possible when indigenes do not have the required skills to move a nation forward. In what way does a qualified doctor displace a street vendor? Please make good use of these professionals to develop your country. After a while, many of these them would retire to their countries of origin.

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