Not all foreigners are crooks

Resorting to violence against foreigners because of the perception that they are all criminals must stop because lives are being lost. People need to be educated on issues of crime, immigration and xenophobia for 365 days of the year.

Resorting to violence against foreigners because of the perception that they are all criminals must stop because lives are being lost. People need to be educated on issues of crime, immigration and xenophobia for 365 days of the year.

It is not good to have crime in our country or anywhere in the world, but it is equally not right to assume that a certain group of people from Africa are the cause of all the crime.

The Sowetan article "Foreigners flee from Soshanguve", published on January 22 is very disturbing for our rainbow nation and the world, and especially for Africa.

The mob violence and crime are hampering development in our communities and huge investments are lost because of them.

It is a good move that the Soshanguve South ward councilor is going to approach the Department of Home Affairs, but let it not end on paper. The issue must be put into practice. The departments of safety and security and of home affairs should do practical work by going into the communities and inviting all the people - both immigrants and citizens - and teaching them about crime and xenophobia.

Bafana Zemo, Tembisa

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