South Africans Have A History Of Violence, Says Zuma

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South Africans do not just attack foreigners, they have a history of violence, President Jacob Zuma has said.

According to News24, Zuma also urged that the word “xenophobia” not be used “excessively” because it would give the impression that most South Africans were xenophobic, when he said they were not.

Zuma addressed journalists following a meeting of business, religious, labour and civil society leaders at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Zuma also said the incident in Alexandra last week, when Mozambican Emmanuel Sithole, was brutally stabbed in pictures published on the front page of the Sunday Times, was “purely criminal” but because “it happened at the time of the xenophobic attacks, it is now said this is how we kill people in South Africa”.

Zuma again warned that these incidents be investigated so that they could be reported “appropriately”.