JOHANNESBURG, The Premier of South Africa's Gauteng Province, David Makhura, has urged communities to deal with the issue of migrants and foreign nationals in a way which will not lead to xenophobic violence.
Makhura was speaking here Monday after the torching of houses in Rosettenville and Pretoria West belonging to foreign nationals who were allegedly using them as drug dens and brothels. Gauteng is South Africa's smallest but most populous province and includes the national administrative and business capitals of Pretoria and Johannesburg.
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba earlier said that all illegal immigrants must leave the city but Makhura says everyone is welcomed in Gauteng. "I would like to make a call to all leaders to handle the issue of migrants in a sensitive way," Makhura added.
"In any country we must never stigmatise or criminalise all migrants and foreign nationals. This will have devastating consequences that will lead to the death of innocent people."
Makhura has also admitted that efforts to deal with concerns of motorists regarding highway tolls have failed and adds that the ultimate solution can only come from the national government and that he will continue to engage with them.
He, however, assured motorists that new roads built in the province will not have e-tolls. "We are mobilising resources for public transport infrastructure in ways that will ensure that we don't commit the same mistake done with e-tolls," he said.
"We cannot build roads and only later inform citizens that they must pay. We must be transparent with residents, we must be honest with them and every infrastructure to be done can't be done without their consultation."
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK