Xenophobia: MPs present petition to SA Embassy

HARARE - A group of lawmakers on Wednesday presented a petition to the South African embassy in Harare, calling on the neighbouring country to make concerted efforts to stop xenophobic attacks.

MDC MPs Jessie Majome, James Maridadi, Margaret Matienga, Paurina Mpariwa, senator John Makore and Josephine Chitembwe and Zanu PF MPs Tongesai Mudambo and Shadreck Mashayamombe called South Africa president Jacob Zuma to urgently put in place measures to deal with the horrific attacks that have so far killed five people and internally displaced 800 others, according to the Foreign Affairs ministry.

“We the undersigned Members of the Parliament of Zimbabwe, gravely concerned and horrified by the reports of brutal attacks and the slaughter of foreign Africans in South Africa motivated by xenophobia, apprehensive that large numbers of Zimbabweans from the constituencies we represent and their family members who live, work, study and travel to South Africa are in grave and mortal danger; therefore petition the government of South Africa that it urgently takes decisive and effective measures to stop the slaughter of Zimbabweans and fellow African foreign brothers and sisters, attacks and threats on them and all manner of insecurity on them, based on xenophobia,” the petition read.

The legislators demanded that SA inform them of the measures it has taken and the outcome thereof to stop xenophobia and attacks on Zimbabweans and fellow foreign African brothers and sisters, the petition said.

A wave of xenophobia is spreading in SA resulting in serious anxiety emanating from the exposure of the thousands of economic immigrants in the country.

Some countries like Malawi and Somalia have already begun expatriating their citizens while Zimbabwe reportedly put together a taskforce to mobilise resources to bankroll a similar operation.

Zuma said in an interview with the SABC on Wednesday night: ‘‘We are aware of the frustrations that people have been voicing and perhaps we as the government have not been very quick in addressing these issues. He said the violence and looting — in which at least five people have been killed and hundreds displaced — was not acceptable”.

‘‘I can’t accept that when there are challenges we use violence, particularly against our brothers and sisters from the continent. We have said before, when we were in trouble they helped us to fight for our own liberation and did not chase us away, and therefore it’s important to bear this in mind.’’

Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Zimbabwe’s Foreign minister, said an inter-ministerial team has been put together to expeditiously put in place the logistics as well as the resources necessary for the exercise in close liaison with Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to South Africa.

The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum) yesterday dared Mugabe to take a lead in addressing xenophobia.

“Most Zimbabweans in foreign lands are not there by choice but have been driven out of Zimbabwe by the deteriorating economic conditions, human rights violations and unemployment,” said the NGO Forum.

“The Forum calls upon President Robert Mugabe as the Sadc and AU Chairperson to take urgent measures to rescue Zimbabwe citizens from these brutal attacks and to also play his role in ensuring the safety of Sadc and African nationals currently at peril in South Africa.”

Comments (6)

This is a case of misplaced or rather misdirected fire. Petition the president and his government to explain the people (through parliament) or otherwise, how it is that their policies have led to mas exodus of our pple.

tino16 - 17 April 2015

Stupid parliamentarians! Petition the causer of the xenophobia. Inga murikuda kudzinga madzimai enyu ma vendors mu CBD wani.

shungu - 17 April 2015

I thinkone thing that has to be taught perpetrators of Afrophobia in South Africa in their numbers the zulus is that employment is like a relationship or marriage on choses on his own whom he or she wants to engage.And behind that are reasons to justify such a position.so now our zulu brothers should address why they always fall off the radar and not just be hostile about the situation because that would never change anything.it would contrary worsen it.Can we imagine an investor employing people that are not co-operative for the sake of convenience?wake up brothers from the South you are killing your own country as these investors may in the long run chose to relocate to places where there is the skilled manpower.and on the other hand that could degenerate into a civil strife.

carson macate - 18 April 2015

l think the parliamentarians were right because no one has a ryt to kill another human being and south Africans should learn to have brotherhood rather than being evil minded, the government might have its errors but in this case South Africans have lost their way because thy are killing black foreigners not zimbabweans only,some1 should do something about it

Justice - 20 April 2015

Had black South Africans killed the boers the way they are killing fellow blacks from black African countries,they could have liberated their country long,long back without even seeking help from other African countries.Is it not a shame or corwardice for the black South Africans to be so cruel to their fellow blacks who even helped to liberate that country? Why do we have SADC & AU???Whites are never cruel to one another wherever they go. Right now many European countries are using a single currency because they understand the need to work together for economic & technological survival.Why can't we Africans learn simple things. Why do we make ourselves a laughing stock for the whites?Why are Africans so primitive?

ngomakurira - 20 April 2015

Even our president went & worked in Ghana but no one harmed him there.He even married a Ghanaian who joined our struggle for our independence. What is so special about Zulus in South Africa?

tambaoga - 20 April 2015

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