Buthelezi's speech shunned at while addressing hostel dwellers


Residents walked away dismissing Buthelezi's address against Xenophobia attacks in Johannesburg.

(IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi. File photo by IFPMedia)

By Tiyani Solly Mabunda

Hostel residents of Jeppestown, George Goch and Denver walked away from the stage while Buthelezi was delivering a speech. The former IFP leader was addressing the crowd of mostly Zulu hostel dwellers in Julies Park Sunday afternoon in Johannesburg concerning the spate of violence directed at foreign nationals.The hostel residents leaders spoke one-by-one expressing their frustrations and anger to say all foreigners should go back home.

After walking out on Buthelezi, the crowds went on a destruction spree in nearby places such as Melville and Hillbrow. As usual, more looting and burning of shops took place even as they left the park disgruntled. Hostel leadership in Johannesburg asked government to engage the citizens about how to find solutions to the clashes with foreign nationals.


Simphiwe Mhlongo, chairman of hostel headman (izinduna) has this to say, "We are not happy with how government has tried to resolve the problems that the country is facing. The government must come speak to the people and explain what it is going to do with the foreign nationals who are here illegally."

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The African diaspora's Marc Gbaffou says the government has to compensate foreign nationals whose shops have been looted and torched. He said, "It is wrong to put a blanket judgment on all foreigners."

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