The Amnesty International has called on South African authorities to urgently address the recent attacks on foreigners living in the country.
The Executive Director of the organisation in South Africa, Mr Shenilla Mohamed, made the call while faulting the government’s attitude to the crisis.
He was quoted in a statement saying, “South African authorities must stop fuelling xenophobia in their desperate attempt to win political support.”
The executive director added, “Rather, they must build a country that is rooted in respect for human rights and the rule of law that protects everyone.
“South African authorities must come up with a security plan to ensure the safety of all refugees and migrants and seek to end these attacks once and for all. That begins with holding suspected perpetrators of past xenophobic crimes to account and breaking this cycle of impunity.”
According to Mohamed, ongoing attacks against refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, as well as looting of foreign-owned shops in South Africa is a direct consequence of years of impunity.
He also blamed the whole issue on the country’s criminal justice system that has left vulnerable group exposed and unprotected.