Following the recent attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their supermarkets, the African Diaspora Forum, the Somali Community Board in South Africa, some of the affected shop owners and other stakeholders, held a press conference at Central Square Arcade in Fordsburg.
All parties condemned, in the strongest terms possible, the attacks on foreign nationals. They further conveyed their heartfelt condolences to the family that lost its loved ones during the looting.
Addressing the media, the acting chairman of the ADF, Dr Ur Koumba, said, “It is quite sad that while the general accusation has been that some tuckshop owners are selling expired and / or counterfeit goods, that are supposedly harmful to health, the same food has been looted and taken home for consumption by the looters. This exposes the criminality of those making the allegations. Foreign shop owners are being targeted. This shows the sad, xenophobic attitude present in some members of the South African community
“What are genuine concerns about the goods being sold? We urge that these concerns be addressed within the confines of the law and with the utmost respect for human life. No grievance should be seen as more important than human life, in whatever circumstances.
“It is also sad to hear witnesses state on record that members of the South African Police Service have, in some instances, been unwilling to assist members of the migrant community under attack, resulting in a loss of life that would otherwise have been avoided. We urge the South African government to ensure that everyone in this country is protected from criminals, regardless of who they are and where they come from.”