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While ministers in Pretoria were announcing the launch of Operation Fiela, Parliament was playing host to a meeting bringing together officials from the South African Police Service as well as the departments of home affairs and small business. MPs got some much-needed facts and figures about foreign nationals in South Africa, the numbers of those being repatriated after the recent violence, and whether it’s true that nobody ever gets prosecuted for xenophobic violence.
A police task team has decided what’s to blame for the latest burst of xenophobic violence – and it’s not immigration policies.
Top officials from the ministries of police, home affairs and small business were in attendance on Tuesday, when Parliament’s portfolio committee on home affairs hosted a special report-back session on “violence against foreign nationals and related small business”.
The chair of the police’s ‘priority committee on foreign nationals’, Major-General Charl Annandale, led MPs through an assessment of the most recent outbreak of xenophobic violence. He stated definitively that the recent attacks were sparked by “a labour dispute over the employment of foreign nationals at the KwaJeena Store in Isipingo”. Absent was any mention of the controversial comments made by Zulu king Goodwill…
Source : Daily Maverick