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Xenophobic attacks: Mandela won’t be happy in grave – Lagos Assembly

Posted: Apr 20, 2015 at 6:32 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Akinwunmi King, Lagos

The Lagos State House of Assembly has joined millions of people all over the world to condemn the ongoing xenophobic attacks on African immigrants in South Africa.

It stressed that the attacks are not only barbaric, but inimical to what the late former president of the country, Nelson Mandela, stood for.

In a statement issued on Monday, Chairman, House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy, Segun Olulade, said the Assembly was shocked to see nationals of South Africa, which got all the supports from most of the citizens of affected African countries, turn their backs against their brothers for baseless reason.

The House noted that the late Mandela in his grave, won’t be happy with “the perpetrators of the senseless act because Mandela stood for peace and freedom; if he were alive, he would have been most unhappy at this act, seeing South Africans killing fellow Africans and looting their outlets disgracefully.

“The whole world condemned apartheid in South Africa, which was rights and freedom issue.

“How come some South Africans are now deriving pleasure in inflicting pains on fellow African citizens for their own weakness and laziness?” the lawmakers queried.

While pointing out that South Africa, which is considered a country with great future, is tactically throwing bantams at its economic prosperity in view of the current ugly scenario, they called on the South African government to sanction anyone who had contributed directly or indirectly to incite the action and bring them to book.

The statement, however, noted that though the South African government acted too slowly at addressing the menace, even as it added that the government of Jacob Zuma can still end the street madness and renew confidence for the migrants even though serious damages have been done already.

“All African migrants, who have suffered injuries, should be compensated by South African government to ensure justice and fairness, while families of those who lost their lives in the crisis, must be compensated as well.

“South African government should also apologise to the entire Africa for bringing the continent into disrepute by the xenophobia act,” the statement added.