A Call to End Xenophobia in South Africa
“We cannot be so arrogant to forget what our African neighbours did for us. We cannot forget who supported our freedom fighters,” said Hendricks.
The MJC joined other South African voices speaking out against xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
“These xenophobic attacks are against the values entrenched in the spirit of the Constitution and should be stopped by the highest authority in this country,” said Hendricks.
He said this was a decisive moment which would determine if South Africa was still synonymous with freedom and democracy.
Hendricks said foreign nationals were easy targets for those frustrated by a lack of change in economic circumstances since 1994.
“There’s a need to change and educate our people’s mindset towards foreigners – they are here because of circumstances in their countries,” he said.