The National President, Al-Mushahid Initiative for Transparency and Accountability (AITA), Ambassador Aminu Majidadi condemns in strong terms the speech delivered by the Deputy Police Minister of South Africa, Mr Bongani Mkongi who accuses foreign nationals in Hillbrow of economic sabotage.
In a press release made available to newsmen in Abuja, Ambassador Majidadi described the speech as unfortunate, unwise, imprudent, and condemnable in all ramifications. “I can’t imagine a high public office holder of a country like South Africa instigating attack on fellow Africans as he did.”
“I think he needs to know that Nigeria and other African Nations contributed a lot to the liberation of South Africa from white minorities. Consequently, we are brothers as One Africa where there is no need whatsoever to fight or kill each other. Whatever it is, this kind of statement by a deputy minister of police in South Africa is unacceptable”.
Recalled Mr Mkongi visited Hillbrow local police station where he addressed the officers and the media about the high number of crimes committed using unlicensed firearms, hijacked buildings and illegal trade.
Mr Mkongi says 80% of Hillbrow is occupied by foreign nationals. “If we don’t debate that, that necessarily means the whole of South Africa could be 80% dominated by foreign nationals and the future president of South Africa could be a foreign national.” He stated.
He says foreign nationals are hijacking old buildings while locals don’t have anywhere to go. “We fought for this country, not only for us but for generations of South Africans to live in harmony in a non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa.”
Ambassador Majidadi further applauded the effort put in by President Muhammadu Buhari in recalling Nigeria’s High Commissioner to South Africa Ambassador Kabiru Bala and also pulling out of the World Economic Summit which began in Cape Town on Wednesday as a right decision at the right time.