DA Nelson Mandela Bay Says No To Xenophobia

APRIL 21, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leadership attended a city leadership meeting convened on Sunday, 19 April, due to the recent outbreak of xenophobic attacks and recommended that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's Disaster Management Unit be placed on high alert.

The DA also clled on the unit to ensure that they have a concrete plan to assist with any eventuality that may arise from any possible related incidents.

"In addition, we have called for the establishment of a city help desk to assist any foreign residents in distress," said Cllr Dean Biddulph, DA Nelson Mandela Bay Caucus Spokesperson.

"The Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) metro caucus of the DA strongly condemns the recent outbreak of xenophobic attacks in KZN and other parts of the country.

"This does not in any way represent what we are as a country or who we are as South Africans. We offer our sincere condolences to the families of those who have lost loved ones in the violence.

"It is unfortunate that the slow response of government in decisively dealing with the situation is largely responsible for the escalation in tensions.  We wish to express our solidarity with all foreigners resident in our country especially those who have stood with us in the darkest days of Apartheid."

Biddulph said that the NMB council needs to be pro-active in ensuring that calm is maintained in our Metro and that "we have a strong strategy in place to deal with any potential outbreaks".

"We thank the residents of this city and commend them for their tolerance and maturity in not being drawn into the current situation that has swept across South Africa.

"We all have a collective responsibility as individuals as well as civil society to take a strong stand in saying no to xenophobia," he said.