Xenophobia cannot re-emerge in the Northern Cape

By Pule Thole, MPL, DA Provincial Spokesperson on Safety:

The DA is deeply concerned by attacks on foreign nationals in the Kuruman area over the past week.

This follows the murder of two Ethiopian shop-keepers, and another attack which seriously wounded a foreign national from the gun shots.

Two shop-keepers were fatally shot and a fellow shop-keeper is in a serious condition at the Kimberley Hospital. The shop-keepers are from Promised Land and Wrenchville in the outskirts of Kuruman, all are believed to be from Ethiopia.

The incidents took place on Monday last week and over the weekend respectively.

These attacks cannot be a park to another spate of xenophobic violence similar to the one experienced in the country a few months ago.

While we welcome the police investigations to these cases it is worrying that at this stage no arrests have been made. The SAPS must approach xenophobic violence with an all-out commitment to prevent loss of life, and displacement of our African brothers and sisters who call South Africa home.

The recent xenophobic violence was a horrendous experience for many South Africans and foreigners alike.

The DA condemns these attacks and lack of Police reaction; violent attacks on any person are unacceptable. No good can come out of violent behaviour.