Following Gauteng Premier David Makhura accusing foreign nationals of committing crimes during post-budget discussions on Wednesday, Eusebius McKaiser facilitates a debate with callers on Makhura's stance.
Makhura said foreign nationals are to blame for specific crimes, including cash in transit heists.
Caller Prince, says he was outraged by Makhura's statements and the fact that people have kept quiet.
Far from me being a foreigner, I don't know why they kept quiet, saying things like Nigerians are owners of drug dens in this country. He is not bringing facts.— Prince, Caller
You cant make such statements, I am a Nigerian national and I have worked for the Department of Justice for years, and I have never sold drugs. Listening to the premiere making such remarks, how should I feel as a Nigerian?— Prince, Caller
Watch Makhura making these remarks below:
Eusebius McKaiser says he thinks Makhura's remarks are abhorrent and shocking.
It is obvious why he says such absolute rubbish and why it gets perpetuated by the Democratic Alliance (DA). It is not acceptable and the reason they do it is that there is a captured audience that loves it when politicians in this city that pedal afro-phobia.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter - 702/CapeTalk
They do these polls that tell them what are the hot issues on the minds of voters and then some of them say things that they don't even deeply believe but they rachet up their rhetoric on the eve of an election for the sake of garnering votes.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter - 702/CapeTalk
I honestly don't believe that is David Makhura's reflective viewpoint.— Eusebius McKaiser, Presenter - 702/CapeTalk
Caller Dumisani says he is not shocked at what Makhura said because South Africans are generally xenophobic.
Here in South Africa, we are quite xenophobic and we are in denial about it. The reason why Makhura said what he said during election time is that he knows that scapegoating foreigners really works.— Dumisani, caller
Yet another caller, Tania agrees Makhura's statements are abhorrent.
I am a Nigerian national and I work here in Johannesburg. I study here and I am a full-time student. When the leaders in this country make such comments, it has a trickle-down effect. I have been harassed on the streets for not doing anything.— Tania, Caller
I have never committed a crime in my life and I don't know any foreigners personally who have committed these kinds of crimes.— Tania, Caller
Listen below to the full open line: