Durban - The ongoing xenophobic attacks, looting and destruction of foreign-owned businesses in and around Gauteng has been attributed to concern about government’s lack of urgency in clamping down on drugs, prostitution and human trafficking rings in the province.
The violence has continued unabated in the province for the past two weeks and spilled over into the weekend. Political analyst Ralph Mathekga said that people were of the view that politicians were not showing a sense of urgency.
“South African politicians, across the political board, should have been much more forthright by condemning this thing way back. When they went into the elections, there was some dilly-dallying around this thing.
“The South African government doesn’t say it’s xenophobic. They emphasise criminality and those are things that get people to blame the government for busy defining the problem instead of taking a strong position,” Mathekga said.
He said that the issue was an emotional one because it impacted people's lives directly and people were now looking for a sense of urgency from government but it was not forthcoming.