'This is not xenophobia, this is a crime against humanity'

Following days of unrest and xenophobic attacks across parts of Gauteng, Democratic Alliance national spokesperson Refiloe Tsekhe calls into the Eusebius McKaiser Show to share her views on the violence.

Tsekhe says these attacks have to stop.

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She says politics aside, in her constituency in Tembisa, the attacks are problematic.

When you have activists saying that they are being teargassed and you have to tell a mother that they need to sleep under their beds with a wet towel to make sure that the teargas doesn't affect your eyes, that is the pain that people are feeling.

Refiloe Tsekhe, National spokesperson - DA

She says everyone is affected whether they are South Africans or foreign nationals.

This is not xenophobia, this is a crime against humanity, it is human lives that are affected here.

Refiloe Tsekhe, National spokesperson - DA

Even if all the foreigners were to leave South Africa, everyone is still affected, she notes.

These are lives lost every day, these are people's lives being destroyed.

Refiloe Tsekhe, National spokesperson - DA

When probed about City of Joburg executive mayor Herman Mashaba's stance on foreign nationals, Tsekhe had this to say:

I think his comments are unfortunate, but the government must implement immigration laws. It doesn't matter whether you know a person or not, the reality is that they are a fellow human being.

Refiloe Tsekhe, National spokesperson - DA

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