The Khutsong Crisis Committee would like to express its gratitude to the community of Khutsong for the brilliant and responsible position they have taken concerning the xenophobic attacks in KZN’s Kwamashu, Umlazi, Isiphingo, eMgungundlovu, Pietermaritzburg and North West’s Lidug in Rustenburg.

The enemies of the poor in South Africa are not the poor from other countries. We want a country where everyone can enjoy our hard-won freedom, where everyone has a job, a decent place to live and where we do not have to struggle for the basic necessities of life. That is the kind of South Africa we fought so hard for and we must continue to fight for.

We must not allow ourselves to become full of hatred and anger against those from other countries who live in our communities and who are also poor and fighting for the same things. The poverty that we continue to experience 21 years after our independence is caused by a capital system that wants to keep us poor. The reason why so many of us have no jobs is because our government has adopted policies that favour the rich.

It is not our brothers and sisters from Malawi, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Pakistan or anywhere else that are responsible for us living in shacks, or in RDP houses without electricity, inadequate water and proper streets. It is the policies of GEAR, corrupt government officials, greedy capitalists and the ANC government that has forgotten the poor in South Africa.

The poor from other countries that now live with us here in South Africa are escaping the same kind of oppression, corruption and greedy officials. We must come together as communities and put a stop to this now!

Let us fight together against the capitalist system that keep us all in poverty.

Nkosi Sikelela iAfrica! Maluphakanyiswe uphondo lwayo, izwa imithandazo yethu, nkosi sikelela!

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