'We need better crime intelligence to beat xenophobia,' says Maimane

By Chanice Jennike - 10 September 2019Views : 1159

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has addressed the media on interventions to quell the ongoing violence against foreign nationals in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Maimane was joined by the City of Johannesburg MMC for Public Safety, Cllr Michael Sun, DA National Spokesperson, Refiloe Nt’sekhe, and DA Regional Chairperson, Tsepo Mhlongo. 

The DA leader said that the ongoing violence in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni "cannot be tolerated and it cannot go without consequences."

"There can never be any justification for this kind of behaviour. Those attempting to do so by pointing to their own circumstances – poverty, unemployment and lack of opportunities – are fooling themselves. They are seeking to create scapegoats for problems that have different solutions. This must end."

"The only way we will restore peace and calm to these areas is through far more efficient policing. We need to be able to arrest those who are destroying property and looting shops, and we need to be able to identify and apprehend those who are orchestrating the violence."

Maimane called on the Minister of Police and national government to do the following:

  1. Deploy an emergency budget to deal with the outbreak of xenophobic violence in Gauteng.
  2. Immediately increase the number of SAPS Public Order Police.
  3. Increase the number of police reservists.
  4. Cooperate with the Provincial SAPS and Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) through the sharing of crime intelligence.

"At the heart of what we need is better cooperation between the three spheres of government. This is not a time for power games and obstructiveness."

"This is not a time for power games and politicising the police. If government is at all serious about ending this outbreak of xenophobic violence, then Minister Cele must immediately open his door to cooperation and teamwork."