Sapa, 21 May 2008

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The current spate of xenophobic attacks spreading across parts of SA, are politically motivated, the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) said on Wednesday. "This is not just innocent violence," said MKMVA secretary Peter Ngubeni in Johannesburg. Ngubeni said on the East Rand attacks seemed to mainly come from hostel dwellers. He said most foreigners did not live in hostels - so there appeared to be some other reason why the dwellers there would be motivated to attack people with which they were not even in contact. He said the motive behind the attacks might be some form of campaigning for the up-coming national election. "Some parties do not have methods, because historically they have campaigned on a tribal basis ... (so the) only way to maintain some basis is to wage tensions in society". Ngubeni said he did not want to name which political organisation he believed might be behind the attacks. Commenting on the recent meetings between the African National Congress and the Inkatha Freedom Party, MKMVA chairperson Duma Mlambo said the meeting was "just to discuss ways and means of finding a solution to the problem". He said both parties agreed to go back to their respective membership and distance themselves from anyone that was part of the attacks.