Joburg mayor arrogant, xenophobic: Zimbos

ZIMBABWEAN migrants in South Africa have blasted Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba, describing him as “xenophobic and arrogant”, after he allegedly displayed a hostile attitude towards them during a meeting held at his offices yesterday.

By Khanyile Mlotshwa/VENERANDA LANGA

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba

The meeting was expected to find ways to end hostilities between South African citizens and foreigners based in Johannesburg.

Ngqabutho Mabhena, chairman of the Zimbabwe Community in South Africa (ZCSA), said the meeting ended in a deadlock, as Mashaba turned hostile and attempted to politicise the issue.

“On December 19 2016, we joined the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) to hand over a memorandum to the mayor of Johannesburg, following his xenophobic utterances,” he said.

“Today (yesterday), we were part of the meeting in the mayor’s office with ADF, as a follow up to the December 19 memorandum and the recent xenophobia attacks. Our meeting this morning did not achieve anything at all. The mayor of Johannesburg is xenophobic and arrogant. He seeks to deal with issues outside his mandate as part of the Democratic Alliance political programme for 2019.”

The meeting comes after a fresh round of xenophobic attacks preceded by an anti-immigration march in Pretoria on Friday last week and the continued looting of foreign-owned small shops in Pretoria and parts of Johannesburg at the weekend.

Mabhena said Mashaba was insisting on the “documentation of foreign nationals before protecting undocumented migrants in and around the city of Johannesburg”.

“This, in our view, is reactionary, as he seeks to recruit migrants into his political agenda. While we support the call for the documentation of migrants, we reject the call that undocumented migrants are involved in criminal activities. Most undocumented migrants are abused and exploited by their employers, who force them to work long hours for a little pay,” he said.

Mabhena added that the ZCSA would continue to work with South African President Jacob Zuma’s government in seeking a solution to the migration challenges facing that country.

“As the Zimbabwe Community in South Africa, we will continue working with the Department of Home Affairs on documentation issues,” he said.

Meanwhile, local human rights group, ZimRights has called on Sadc to urgently intervene and stop the xenophobic attacks happening in South Africa.

“ZimRights condemns the recent acts of xenophobic violence on African migrants, who include Zimbabweans in South Africa.The physical violence, destruction of property and abuse of African foreigners constitutes a violation of human rights, which the South African authorities and society must end urgently,” ZimRights said in a statement yesterday.

“The Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) must take the issue of the migrant population and the human rights problem of xenophobic violence as a regional problem that South Africa needs to solve together with source countries. The xenophobic violence should be looked at from all sides as a hate crime and symptom of a genuine migration flow exacerbated by skewed regional development.

“For Zimbabwean migrants, there are push factors that drive them to South Africa such as the economic and governance deficiencies, which resulted in about 200 000 Zimbabweans, leaving the country and getting officially registered under the Special Dispensation Permit that expires on December 31, 2017. Equally, outside Sadc, other African countries where migrants come, such as Nigeria, have security concerns.”

17 Comments

  1. Thats nonsense! Why going South? Force your govt to be competent enough to create jobs and do away with policies that drives away investors.
    Dont vent your anger on South African govt and mayor, but instead vent your anger on your govt.

    1. Proud of Mabhena

      Fuck you

      1. I hope you have your documents.

    2. Clueless.

    3. Well said!

  2. Quite agreed. People should get whatever documentation is required where they decide to live. Not doing so makes one an easy target for abuse, violence and stereotyping as a criminal, even though this may not be the case. Get them papers so that you are on the right side of the law, period.

    1. Proud of Mabhena

      Fuck you motherfucker

    2. Mashaba is saying what has to be said.

  3. The Real Soldier

    Foreigners will have no power in a foreign land. If they don’t want you in South Africa, why not go back to your countries. You failed to get things going here in Zimbabwe, and you think you have rights in South Africa. Lizakhawula.

    1. Proud of Mabhena

      And fuck you too

      1. all you can write is Fuck you. you are an idiot.

    2. You sound like an Idiot! You must be South African

  4. Janana wa Bikaz

    As much as i agree with the notion that undocumented foreigners ,especially Zimbabweans should go back home,i do not condone the beating up,killings and looting of property that belongs to the foreigners.Mozambique was one at war and Zambia had its people coming in Zimbabwe for due to economic hardships in their country,but i don’t remember reading of any single incident of foreigners being beaten or killed for a mere reason that they were undocumented.So for idiotic and xenophobic fanatics like this overzealous Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba to try and twist the issue for his own selfish political benefit is uncalled for.He is just portraying a very dangerous image that will damage and taint the SA nation as a violent lot.The least he could have done if he so much hates these undocumented foreigners was to ask for resources to different willing donors to facilitate deportation of the foreigners.At least he would have been human enough.

  5. Janana wa Bikaz

    As much as i agree with the notion that undocumented foreigners ,especially Zimbabweans should go back home,i do not condone the beating up,killings and looting of property that belongs to the foreigners.Mozambique was one at war and Zambia had its people coming in Zimbabwe for due to economic hardships in their country,but i don’t remember reading of any single incident of foreigners being beaten or killed for a mere reason that they were undocumented.So for this idiotic and overzealous xenophobia fanatic, Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba to try and twist the issue for his own selfish political benefit is uncalled for.He is just portraying a very dangerous image that will damage and taint the SA nation as a violent lot.The least he could have done if he so much hates these undocumented foreigners was to ask for resources from different willing donors to facilitate deportation of the foreigners.At least he would have been human enough.Things change ,very soon it will be the South Africans flocking to Zim and other neighbouring countries for one reason or the other.Never say never.

  6. Fools

  7. Anti-Xenophobia

    All those writing nonsense about coming back to Zimbabwe are either sick or drunk. Isu tiri kuno what is it that we are doing to remove Bob? Nothing. Saka let people find alternative for survival.

  8. @Pround of Mabhena you are a fool for real , u keep saying “fuck u ” “”fuck u ” without any reason hope your economy (SA) will keep going as it is and u will remaim in your country

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