MACODEFO and R2K Gauteng strongly condemns the public violence and looting of businesses that broke out in Makause, Ekurhuleni in the early hours of this morning.
It is reported that this was sparked by the promises made by the Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality around the issue of providing solar lighting as an interim measure and electrification of Makause as a permanent development. According to MACODEFO organiser, Alfred Moyo, “an ANC Ward Councillor is against the installation and provision of solar lighting as demanded by MACODEFO and supported by 10238 signatures in our petition submitted in December last year”.
Moyo further claims that not only is this looting to suppress their position on this matter but it also have the Ekurhuleni Metro/ANC officials involved as there was a night virgil last night to start this and the Police were aware.
Over seven tuck-shops owned by Ethiopian nationals are being looted in front of the Police who were at the scene from the early hours of this morning, but doing nothing to stop the lootings. “The people’s frustrations are now being diverted to the defenseless migrants shops. The Police are only here to escort the business people/migrants out of Makause NOT defending them” said Moyo.
We fear that this might turn into a full blown xenophobic attacks. R2K commits itself to working tirelessly in the fight to end xenophobic violence. We call on civil society to be more vocal and visible by supporting anti-xenophobia community initiatives and reporting all related elements like looting to the authorities.
We also call on the Police Commissioner and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) to probe the alleged inaction by the police who are currently randomly shooting the public.
As we gear towards celebrating Africa Day, we need to remember that our freedom was obtained in unification with other African countries. Africa as a continent is facing various challenges especially around good governance hence it is vital that we see each other as one instead of blaming each other due to the failures of our elected leaders. It is imperative that we do not shift blame to innocent people who came to seek refuge in this country running away from violent wars and continuous intimidation from their failing governments.
The vision of a borderless Africa should be what drives us in coming up with tangible solutions instead of this constant blame game that is being thrown around by young people.
Community members who hear any threats or talks about possible attacks must immediately report those to the UNHCR Toll Free Helpline on 0800 100 030.