ANC CALLS ON NATION TO FIGHT XENOPHOBIA

IOL/Sapa, 27 March 2008

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The African National Congress (ANC) on Thursday called on South Africans to fight racism against foreign nationals living in the country. "Just as South Africans have effectively united against racism and sexism, the ANC calls on all our people to fight racism and intolerance directed against foreign nationals," said spokesperson Jessie Duarte in a statement. This was in reaction to two foreign nationals who were burnt to death in their shacks in Atteridgeville on Monday. The party said the incidents were "deeply concerning". There needed to be an all-round effort to combat xenophobia and dispel many of the myths that surrounded immigrants and refugees. The ANC called on all state institutions and security agencies to apply the country's immigration laws in a consistent and even-handed manner. The statement called on communities to help the police identify and prosecute those responsible for the crimes.