South Africa President Jacob Zuma Monday lashed out at Africa governments who “criticise the South African government but their citizens are in our country”, even he took a firm stance against stance on the wave of xenophobic violence that has gripped the country.
The Malawi government has hired buses to repatriate its nationals from South Africa.
Addressing the public on Freedom Day at the Union Buildings South Lawn, Zuma chastised governments who have criticised the South African government for the violence that has claimed seven lives.
“As much as we can have a problem alleged to be xenophobic, our brother countries contributed to this,” he said.
“Why are the citizens not in their countries?”
He then asked African governments to take care of their citizens so that they do not flee to South Africa.
Zuma went on a counter-offensive, saying his government would strengthen measures to tackle illegal immigration.
“Some of them (immigrants) had very serious allegations against their own countries to explain why they are in South Africa,” Zuma said.
“In fact, some of them warned us that there is almost certainly another wave of refugees coming given the developments in their own countries.
“We have to address the underlying causes of the violence and tensions, which is the legacy of poverty, unemployment and inequality in our country and our continent and the competition for limited resources,” Zuma said.
Many South Africans have blamed the attacks on poverty and a severe jobs shortage in Africa’s second biggest economy. Undocumented immigrants are often accused of accepting work for less pay.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :