Zuma’s comments on Zim prisoners not in order: Mohadi

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President Jacob Zuma’s comments on the number of Zimbabweans currently in South African jails were “inappropriate” given the wave of xenophobic violence that has hit Durban and Johannesburg, Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi was quoted as saying yesterday.

Mohadi said that he objected to the South African leader “singling out” Zimbabwean inmates in South African jails “when it was apparent that other nationals in that country also commit crimes”, the State media reported.

Zuma said on Wednesday that there were more than 4 000 Zimbabweans currently in prison in South Africa, in comments that immediately angered Zimbabweans on social media.

Analyst Glen Mpani tweeted: “So what if there are 4 000 Zim in prison?”

Zimbabwe this week repatriated hundreds of its citizens from Durban in the wake of the attacks, which have left at least one Zimbabwean man dead.

More than 100 of the returnees have had to undergo trauma counselling. A number of them are also suffering from pneumonia, officials at Beitbridge border post say.

Mohadi said: “I personally didn’t hear those comments, but if (Zuma) said them, then it’s most unfortunate and we really wonder why he had to single out Zimbabwe when it’s apparent that other nationals in that country also commit crimes.
“His comments were inappropriate,” Mohadi said.

The number of Zimbabweans wanting to come home appears to be less than was initially thought, reports suggest.
— Newzimbabwe.

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  1. Sort your country out. South Africa is responding to Jonathan, your motormouth. You can’t blame South Africa for xenophobia & fail to blame Zimbabwe for the refugees flooding that country

  2. 24 of South Apefrica’s 25 most wanted criminals are South Apefricoons. This fact can easily be googled. South Apefricoons are just a bunch of self-hating people. Tsk..tsk..

  3. No one is illegal in SA.The government is so obsessed with foreigners that even those who are legal are being made illegal by Government. In short people are being made illegal in South Africa.Permits are not being renewed.Aslylum seeker permits are not being renewed.People are simply told to leave by Government.Which international standards do they claim that has no category of permits for low skilled workers.You have to be highly skilled to get a permit. Zimbabweans were simply told to go back home after the expiry of their permits.See copies of their permits.Gigaba and Zuma must be reported to the Hague for spurring xenophobia in their policies. They promised the masses that they were chasing away all foreigners in their election rallies and people are now taking it into their hands.According to Sa gvt the foreigner must be put in a concentration camp(gwede mantashe revealed) and his body language showed deep rooted hatred when he said it.The negative comments that came from Mbeki (political commentator) about Robert Mugabe incl his body language were inciting as well.The people of South Africa are not xenophobic.We have lived peacefully in these communities for years.Why now?The government of SA is.A lot of evidence is available if they are to be taken to the Hague.1)The draconian immigration laws .2)Take a copy of the Zimbabwean Zsp. 3)statements from leadership eg they are 400000 foreigners in our jails implying they are criminals yet they are being held for the pet xenophobic immigration act. 4)and more ,the list is endless.Zuma and Gigaba has blood in their hands and the King is a sacrificial lamb.

    • As Zimbabweans lets face reality. We are the only wants to blame for all this messy, Its sad that we have officials who can go on the podium and say those coming back from SA should take advantage of the opportunities that we have in ZIM. Which opportunities besides VENDING? ITS GOOD TO KEEP OUR MOUTH SHUT than to insult ordinary CITIZENS by such statements.

  4. fact: South africa is ranked really high in terms of crime, some one can stab you for a cellphone. 4000 thousand zimbabweans compared to the rest of the prison population is not a really high percentage and it does not justify the disregard for human life that some south africans have. its funny how they claim that foreigners are taking their jobs, how can a qualified teacher, doctor or nurse take your job when you are uneducated?(ROVHA)

  5. Zuma is a South African he will never defend Zimbabweans against his own people he must also throw away the key for those zimbos in jail in South Africa they are an embarrassment to the hard working there

  6. Lets be sensitive to others, how would we feel if we had 1000 foreign criminals in our prisons & had European or Americans taking our jobs in Zim coz of their superior Oxford or Harvard education?

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