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ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule.
Photo: Simphiwe Mbokazi / African News Agency(ANA)

Ace Magashule’s two cents: What’s happening in SA is not xenophobia

Magashule shared his two cents on the recent violence we bore witness to in Gauteng.

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ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule.
Photo: Simphiwe Mbokazi / African News Agency(ANA)

ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule, must have forgotten his thinking hat when he addressed Sasco members at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), in Pretoria, on Wednesday.

Xenophobic attacks in SA: What’s the latest?

The looting activity that we bore witness to in the last week or so has, on Thursday, died down. It is safe to say that law enforcement agencies in Gauteng, as well as other parts of the country, have finally restored law and order.

Across our borders, however, the situation is a bit different. On Wednesday, videos showing South African businesses being attacked by Zambian and Nigerian locals, in their respective countries, went viral.

This was a direct response to the xenophobic violence that started out in Pretoria last week, where taxi drivers targeted foreign-owned shops as retaliation to the death of a fellow driver who, they believe, was murdered by Nigerian drug dealers.

Ace Magashule talking points: His version of what’s happening in SA

With all that has happened in the last week, the last thing anyone would have anticipated is Ace Magashule going on record to deny that what we saw were acts of xenophobia.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, on Tuesday, condemned the violence that had gripped foreign nationals in fear and called for an end to the xenophobic attacks.

“There can be no justification, whatsoever, about what people are having a grievance over, that they should go out and attack people from other countries,” were his exact words.

However, in Ace Magashule’s view, there were deeper, darker criminal links working to destabilise the establishment and undermine the democracy of South Africa.

Ace Magashule even suggested that these acts of criminality were smoking mirrors perpetrated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the United States.

This, he claimed, was all done to undo the work of uniting the continent, something that would threaten the global financial community.

“When Africa is united, we will never go to IMF, we’ll never beg US. They know that and that’s why they want to play what they did in the past, divide and rule. That’s why even now they are pushing tribalism,” he exclaimed.

Ace Magashule further went on to call on law enforcement agencies to act harshly against the criminals who have been using smoke and mirrors to push the ‘xenophobia’ agenda.

“It is not acts of xenophobia, these are acts of criminality, they are acts of tribal battles. And you think all these things are happening because of xenophobia, that is not the case.

“Criminals are seizing the opportunity to do what they are not supposed to do. That’s why we are saying police must act very harshly against criminals”, he added.

At least seven people have been killed as a direct result of the violence that broke out in Gauteng.

Furthermore, President Ramaphosa is due to meet with Nigeria’s head of state, President Muhammadi Buhari, to map a way forward after the tensions that rose between the two African superpowers.