DA to report Mbalula over Zim comments

Johannesburg. – The Democratic Alliance wants to report Police Minister Fikile Mbalula to the SA Human Rights Commission for the comments he made about former Zimbabwean soldiers illegally entering the country to rob and kill.

DA Gauteng leader John Moodey said Mbalula’s comments were a consequence of bad leadership. He said the African National Congress government had forgotten its vision for a united Africa.

“We believe that the comments promote hatred based on the grounds of origin, ethnicity and nationality, and infringe on the dignity of Zimbabwean citizens living and working in South Africa,” Moodey said.

He said Mbalula should stop using blanket xenophobia as a justification for crime in South Africa’s streets and instead focus on securing the country’s borders.

“Mbalula needs to work with the security cluster to boost border security so that South Africa can properly regulate immigration.

“He must not blame one nation for crime when it is in his power to properly regulate who comes into South Africa and who doesn’t.”

‘‘Ill-informed’’

Mbalula told reporters during a briefing on Tuesday that the five men who robbed a Hyde Park Corner mall jeweller in Johannesburg on April 13 were Zimbabweans.

His spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.

“Yes, they are from Zimbabwe. There are people who come from Zimbabwe, who run away from the military and they come and promote criminality in South Africa.

“That is the truth. Why shouldn’t I tell that truth? There are Zimbabwean ex-soldiers who are in this country, robbing banks, promoting criminality.”

Mbalula said these soldiers were running away from President Robert Mugabe’s military.

“To get out of it, they run to South Africa and rob banks. They are on the payroll of criminals. We can’t trace them. They enter illegally and they just come here and do not promote goodwill.”

He said his remarks were not xenophobic and that there were many Zimbabwean nationals in the country doing good work.

Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to SA Isaac Moyo told Africa News Agency that his government did not condone criminality by any of its citizens and said the law should take its course wherever this was the case.

“We, however, cannot accept the many ill-informed elements in the said statement [Mbalula’s remarks] and we deeply regret that they were made without due regard to their accuracy.”

It was not immediately clear whether the SAHRC had indeed received the DA’s complaint – News24.

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  • Judas Iscariot

    Our own gov’t has accused former soldiers of trying to petrol bomb Gushungo farm and of committing other criminal activities in this country. So why should we be suprised if the SA government is saying it has proof that some of them are crossing the border,and committing robberies in SA?After all he says he has the evidence,so why not ask for the evidence if those accusations are false?

  • sky

    The minister erred. Does he have stats to prove his claim ?

  • Tobias

    I agree with u fully. There are countries like Mozambique, Angola, DRC and Rwanda which were once ravaged by rebels and bandits. Where are they now the UNITA, RENAMO and others which apartheid SA produced and trained. Where they properly demobilised and are they able to be identified and accounted for. Surely most of them are in SA because they were trained and supplied from there by the apartheid regime and these are the criminals Mbalula should be talking about. Obviously when cornered or captured they will say anything and Zimbabwe has become a scapegoat here. As leaders let us be evidence based and avoid emotional outbursts that may lead to harmful consequences like xenophobia. Unfortunately it is clearly emerging that the leadership in SA is xenophobic and is responsible for instigating xenophobic attack in that country.

  • Cde Kudzi Chipanga

    Both Tauya Mbarura and the DA’s John Moodey are very, very silly and clearly opportunistic………….

  • Shangwa

    Don’t worry yourself mbalula. South will always need our wisdom. You are on our trajectory only with a very violently poor electorate to deal with. Big problems are coming your way and we shall see who is the net exporter of crime vis a vis the professionals we gave you. Stupid fellow