The SACP Gauteng Province strongly condemns the attack and burning down of shops belonging to foreign nationals in Thokoza, Ekurhuleni last night. It has also been reported that two people sustained serious injuries during these criminal incidents.
Such behaviour cannot be tolerated and can only be attributed to lack of tolerance and respect for human life. These actions also expose the dismal failure of the capitalist system creating conditions for desperation and agitation amongst the poor working class communities.
The SACP Gauteng Province calls upon all progressive forces in our communities to remain vigilant so that genuine community struggles are not hijacked by criminal and xenophobic elements. We also call upon the law enforcement authorities to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book. We cannot stand aside whilst hooligans are running amok in our communities.
Statement issued on behalf of the SACP Gauteng PEC by Provincial Spokesperson: Pat Ntsobi, January 25 2012
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