Tshwane Mayor against stereotyping of foreigners

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – TSHWANE Mayor, Solly Msimanga, has differed with his Johannesburg counterpart, Herman Mashaba, on the millions of foreign nationals in the Gauteng Province.
Mashaba drew the ire of many when he blamed crime in Johannesburg on illegal foreign nationals.
He said all illegal foreigners from African countries should leave the city because of involvement in crime. The comments have been dismissed as xenophobic.
However, addressing the media on Monday in his Centurion offices‚ Msimanga, disagree with his Democratic Alliance ally.
“For me criminals are criminals irrespective of whether it’s a South African national or it’s a foreign national. Criminals are criminals,” said Msimanga.
He said in some instances where foreign nationals were involved in crime, they were colluding with their South Africans.
The locals were complicit, he said.
“But I wouldn’t then say it’s only foreign nationals [involved in crime] because they were operating with South Africans,” said Msimanga.
“They were selling to South African scrap yard dealers. So I wouldn’t then say criminality is an act of foreigners. I think that is something that we need to be careful of.”
He was referring to recent incident when Mozambican nationals were arrested for alleged cable theft.
Tshwane/Pretoria, the country’s capital city, and Johannesburg, the economic hub, have attracted millions of foreign nationals fleeing political and economic hardships in their countries.
-CAJ News

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