EWN exclusive: Mahlobo on 'hidden force' seeking to collapse South Africa
Police used live ammunition to scare off the protesters during a flare-up of xenophobic violence in central Johannesburg CBD on 17 April 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
EWN's Govan Whittles on this story: State Security Minister David Mahlobo has told Eyewitness News that government suspects a “singular hidden force” of fuelling xenophobic attacks in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Mahlobo has warned that this is part of a larger campaign to collapse the state. Speaking on the sidelines of a peace march in Durban yesterday, Mahlobo said the protests that have led to attacks on foreign nationals are not organic and are being manipulated. He says intelligence agencies from the military, the State Security Department and police have been working together to identify the hidden force and have linked it to other recent events. Mahlobo makes reference to the messages that circulated on WhatsApp and Facebook, warning of imminent attacks. One of the messages reads:"Xenophobic attack is just around the corner for the second time around JHB CBD and neighbouring areas like Alex, Olievenhoutbosch, Zandspruit, Msawawa, Cosmo city, Tembisa, Randburg, Princess, Kysand, Kaalfontein, Germiston, Benoni etc...The spokesperson for this Furious group honourable Khimzman Mquebulera warns his fellow South African on Wednesday not to ride the Bicycles as Malawians and Zimbabweans does,because this attack will be more destructive than ever before,pliz send this notice to ur all frinds to be in doors on Wednesday.Take ir serious our friends r killed like Coackroaches (sic)."
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#PeaceBus a move beyond 'hashtag activism'
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The 'Peace Bus' organised by activists Shaka Sisulu and Khaya Dlanga has been received positively for helping to mobilise many Joburgers to get involved in the Durban Peace March which took place on Thursday. 702's John Robbie spoke to Khaya Dlanga on the initiative:
It was absolutely worthwhile because it shows that we don't just have to stand behind hashtags, and that we can actually go out there, and not just on Twitter, but to do something physically and not just campaign behind computers.
Contralesa says Zulu King's comments 'taken out of context'
President of the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa), Kgosi Setlamorago Thobejane says that Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's comments on foreign nationals should be reassessed as they were taken out of context. Numerous commentators have linked Zwelithini's comments to the initial upsurge of xenophobic violence happening around the Durban Metropolitan area in KwaZulu-Natal. Thobejane unpacked his stance on 702's John Robbie Show:
I think the statement made by the King of the Zulu's was taken out of context. He was outlining that the issues of foreigners need to be properly regulated. It is unfortunate that criminals took that statement to be a shield they hide behind. The King was saying the country is facing a situation where, because of uncertainty of who is in the country, who is from where, that very few of our foreigners are in the books of our country. He was saying, 'let's do something to account for everybody so that the little that we are producing for the country should be equitably distributed amongst all of us, without any fear or favour whatsoever. Whether elected or not elected, we are the legitimate leaders of our own people.
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