© 2018 - International Centre for Investigative Reporting
We are not being xenophobic, but all foreigners must go, say South African protesters
Protesters in Mahikeng, capital city of the North-West Province of South Africa, say all foreign nationals must leave the province, accusing them of drug peddling and other crimes.
A large group of protesters gathered outside the museum in the town on Thursday, chanting songs and wielding placards, one of which read: “Every foreigner must go – burn their business. Go! Go! Go!”
Trevor Phelwane, one of the leaders of the protest, said foreigners have done more harm than good to the locals, adding that all they brought with them was abortions and drugs.
“The problem with the foreigners is they are killing our kids with drugs and abortions. They are doing so many illegal things in our country,” Phelwane told South Africa’s News24.
“We are not being xenophobic or what, but we are saying they must do business professionally.”
Another protester, Keoagile Mothibi, also complained that there were no job opportunities in Mahikeng, and the foreigners are posing threats to their small businesses.
“There are no mines and factories in Mahikeng for our people to get jobs. The foreigners came in large numbers to our town and are causing a problem for our small businesses,” Mothibi said.
“We want them gone. Their placards are all over the town and our town has become so dirty.”