The top six officials of the African National Congress (ANC) have condemned anti-foreigner unrest experienced in some parts of Gauteng last week.
The officials issued a statement on Tuesday following their meeting on Monday.
They said many foreign nationals have fled “war and oppression” in their countries.
South Africa is also a signatory to several international treaties on migration and refugee protection, they added.
All citizens should be proud that South Africa – with its strong human rights culture, Constitution and refugee protection laws – continues to offer safety and refuge to oppressed men, women and children from many parts of the world.ANC top 6 officials
Law enforcement agencies
The officials applauded law enforcement agencies for their work in quelling the unrest.
However, they asked government’s Justice, Peace and Security Cluster to identify the root causes and apprehend those involved.
They expressed concern at “criminal elements sowing discord” in Gauteng communities by exploiting legitimate grievances.
No matter what these grievances are, they do not justify lawlessness, the party’s top brass reiterated.
They called on ANC members, communities and grassroots organisations to play an active role in restoring normalcy.
Top 6 to visit communities
The top officials said they will visit various communities across the country to “give impetus” to their calls for restoration of harmony.
They also spoke out against recent incidents against women and children. In this regard, they called for harsher sentences against perpetrators.
The ANC’s top 6 consists of President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President DD Mabuza, National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe, Secretary General Ace Magashule, Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte, and Treasurer Paul Mashatile.