Johannesburg - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema condemned attacks against foreign nationals on Thursday, saying the incidents were crimes perpetrated by South Africans.
"The attacks are not justifiable. They are acts of crime. Okay then, let's say Nigerians are selling drugs. Do we resolve it by committing a crime? Subject people to mob justice and kangaroo courts? You cannot replace crime with crime...report crime to the police, should police refuse to act, report them too. It a societal responsibility to root out crime," Malema told journalists in Johannesburg.
Attacks should be directed to what Malema called "white monopoly capital" and the governing African National Congress.
"You want a revolution? A revolution is one that should be directed to white monopoly capital...we will be there. I am not joining an act of stoning my own brother, after which you go and steal? When you're done with Nigerians, Mozambican and Zimbabweans, you are going to go for Tsongas from Giyani. I have to stop you now before you come for me," Malema said.
Premier David Makhura said on the same day that more than 400 people had been arrested following violent attacks across the Gauteng province. He urged communities to be vigilant and avoid "being manipulated by provocateurs", whom he said sought to exploit people’s fears and concerns.