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SAMWU Condemns Mashaba’s Xenophobic Comments

  • Friday, 02 December 2016 13:25

02 December 2016

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has learnt with disgusts remarks made by City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba while delivering a report on his 100 days in office. During his speech Mr Mashaba referred to foreigners in the country as criminals and that they should leave the City of Johannesburg.


Mr Mashaba continues to make reckless and irresponsible statements whenever he gets the opportunity to open his mouth. This latest attack on foreigners is not only Xenophobic but also incites violence targeted at foreigners. SAMWU does not want to see the unfortunate events of Xenophobic violence which erupted in 2008 and 2015 particularly in Johannesburg.

Not all foreigners are criminals, in fact we there are criminals who are South African yet Mr Mashaba does not say anything about them. SAMWU is strongly opposed to criminality and as such believe that singling out foreigners and making them scapegoats for the lawlessness in the City under Mashaba’s rule is unfortunate and reckless.

Mr Mashaba is trying to become relevant by using Donald Trump rhetorics who also called foreigners criminals and rapists. Such behavior cannot be tolerated particularly given our history. South Africa would not be the great nation it is had it not been for foreign nationals who helped us achieved our democracy, in fact Mr Mashaba would not even have dreamt about- let alone be mayor had it not been for this “criminals”

As we have said before, Mr Mashaba is bored and does not know what to do in that office. If he seriously needs to work, he should begin by abolishing Jozi @ Work and incorporating Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) workers into the City so that they too can be permanently and directly employed by municipalities with the same benefits as other municipal workers.

We maintain that Mashaba’s 100 days in office have been nothing short of controversy, from cancelling social projects aimed at benefiting the poor, attempting to privatize Pikitup and now labeling foreigners criminals. As we are convinced that his speech constitutes hate speech, we call on the Human Rights Commission to launch an urgent investigation into the remarks by Mashaba.

Issued by SAMWU Greater Johannesburg Region

Bafana Zungu

Regional Secretary

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