Pandor: JHB crackdown had nothing to do with xenophobia

By Doug Mattushek - 14 August 2019Views : 548


International relations and cooperation minister Naledi Pandor insisted that xenophobia had nothing to do with the recent arrests in the Johannesburg CBD.

Last week, heavily armed police entered downtown Johannesburg on a raid which uncovered truckloads of counterfeit goods. Over 600 arrests were made, with many of the shop owners being foreign nationals or undocumented immigrants. The raid came after clashes between police and the shop owners, where the police were pelted with stones.

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Pandor revealed that there was no concern shown by Mzansi's fellow African nations, thus legitimising the action.

"Not one single ambassador called me, because they understood that was wrong," Pandor told the media.

"We believe no one should abuse this unfortunate tragedy to generate negative sentiments about South Africa. I wish to repeat statements made by police minister Bheki Cele - there is no targeting of any group of Africans in South Africa.

"We don't want xenophobia in our country. It's not a good characteristic to have."