Nathi Mthethwa on Xenophobia

Posted on September 28, 2010. Filed under: Xenophobia |

On Sunday, Reuters reported that police minister Nathi Mthethwa has warned of harsh punishment in store for perpetrators of xenophobic violence against foreign nationals in South Africa.

According to a statement issued by the SAPS, Mthethwa was recently  “honoured by the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) as an ambassador of positive values for his ministry’s efforts in thwarting the so-called xenophobic attacks”.

Efforts to combat xenophobia in South Africa are critically important, and Mthethwa called for greater vigilance “against any evidence of xenophobia against the African immigrants.” He was also quoted as commenting, “It is fundamentally wrong and unacceptable that we should treat people who come to us as friends as though they are our enemies.

That former president Thabo Mbeki spoke the same words in 2001 is evidence of the ongoing need for greater tolerance in South Africa.

Want to read more? Have a look at the following articles published in recent editions of the SA Reconciliation Barometer newsletter:

The mysterious incompatibility of bias and brigandry Loren Landau

South Africa: one of the worst places for refugees, Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh

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