Nigeria’s Islamism terrorist group, Boko Haram, has given the Pretoria government of President Jacob Zuma 24 hours to stop the attacks on fellow blacks by nationals or face “fire”.
In a brief YouTube video message, the murderous terrorist sect responsible for about 13,000 deaths in Nigeria since 2009, threatened to export its terror to South Africa.
According to Nigeria Watch, Boko Haram warned that if the South African government does not contain the situation, it will execute all South Africans living in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and other surrounding countries.
It also threatened to attack South African embassies in the countries.
Zuma’s son fuels attacks
Edward Zuma, President Zuma’s son, told News24 that he may be the president’s son but his opinions were independent to those of the president.
“The South African Human Rights Commission can arrest me for my comments, it’s fine. I am not the citizen of President Jacob Zuma. I am a citizen of South Africa. My thinking is independent to that of the president,” he was quoted as saying.
“These are my personal views and I am sticking to what I said and I will die with it. I am not going to stop telling the truth. The government must stop running away from addressing this issue because these people are expected to go back into their communities and we would have wasted taxpayer’s monies [accommodating them at camps].”
Zuma calls for calm
In his speech to Parliament, President Zuma said they had witnessed unacceptable incidents of violence directed at foreign nationals in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal, which has now spread to some parts of Gauteng.
Similar incidents had taken place in Soweto in January.
“No amount of frustration or anger can ever justify the attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops,” he stated.
“We condemn the violence in the strongest possible terms. The attacks violate all the values that South Africa embodies, especially the respect for human life, human rights, human dignity and Ubuntu.”
He said South Africa stood firmly against all intolerances such as racism, xenophobia, homophobia and sexism.
“We appeal for calm, an end to the violence and restraint. Criminal elements should not be allowed to take advantage of the concerns of citizens to sow mayhem and destruction.”
He asked South African citizens to resolve their issues peacefully and through dialogue.
“The police have been directed to work round the clock to protect both foreign nationals and citizens and to arrest looters and those committing acts of violence so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.”
He said they raised socio-economic issues were being attended to.
“These include complaints about illegal and undocumented immigrants in the country, the increase in the number of shops or small businesses that have been taken over by foreign nationals and also perceptions that foreign nationals commit or perpetrate crime.”
“In addition, not all foreign nationals who reside in our country are here illegally. Many are in the country legally and contribute to the economy and social development of the country. Many bring skills that are scarce that help us to develop the economy and are most welcome to live our country.”
“Others came to South Africa as refugees having run away from conflict or wars in their countries of origin, in the same way that many South Africans left this country at some point and lived in other countries in the continent and beyond.”
He said the support of the Frontline states in Southern Africa and that of the Organisation for African Unity was critical to the achievement of the freedom and democracy “we are enjoying today”.
“In this regard, Government will continue to play its role and fulfil our responsibilities and obligations as members of the African Union and the United Nations.”
“Let us work together to provide support to all foreign nationals who have been affected by this violence.”
Meanwhile, Malawi Minister of Information, Kondwani Nankhumwa, told reporters in Blantyre that government was discussing with the African Union (AU) and other SADC countries over joint measures against the South African government.
Zimbabwe has also condemned the attacks.
South Africa was under an official system of racial segregation and white minority rule from 1948 known as Apartheid, until its first egalitarian elections on 27 April 1994, when the African National Congress came to power and dominated the politics of the country