Nzimande: SA absorbing foreign nationals because African leaders are ‘looting’

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South African Communist Party (SACP) General Secretary Dr Blade Nzimande has asked African leaders to stop “looting” their countries.

He said the “looting” is a major reason why South Africa is absorbing many foreign nationals from other African countries.

Nzimande was addressing the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) national congress in Durban on Monday.

African leaders themselves must get their act together, such that they don’t destroy their country and people have to leave.

As South Africa, we cannot absorb the result of all the problems that are made by leaders who want to loot their country, who do not care about their own people.

SACP leader Dr Blade Nzimande

He wondered what other African leaders are doing to make their countries better places to live in.

Nzimande also blamed instability in other African countries that forces people to flee to South Africa.

However, he cautioned South Africans not to target foreign nationals.


The SACP leader was reacting to the recent spate of xenophobic unrest in parts of Gauteng.

However, government has insisted that it was mainly criminality rather than targeting of foreign nationals.

Nevertheless, reaction from other African countries has mostly been anger against South Africa.

Zimbabweans attending the funeral of their late President Robert Mugabe booed President Cyril Ramaphosa during the funeral service in Harare over the weekend.

Ramaphosa apologised for the unrest, sparking cheers from the crowd.

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