Mayor Masina Calls for Calm In The City
Executive Mayor Cllr Mzwandile Masina has noted with deep concern reports of looting and incidents of violence against foreign nationals in Tembisa this week.
Mayor Masina has called for calm and an immediate return of the rule of law in Tembisa and has called upon law enforcement agencies to monitor the area until normality is restored.
"Lawlessness of any kind will not be tolerated in the City of Ekurhuleni. Issues facing our communities must not be hijacked by thugs who wish to create an environment of anarchy for their own material benefit. I appeal to citizens to respect all public and privately owned property, as any act of vandalism, theft or looting will be met with the full might of the law.
"We have also been informed of incidents of xenophobic violence in Tembisa. As the ANC-led Coalition in Ekurhuleni, we still hold the ideals of the African Renaissance close to our hearts, and believe that all Africans must work together to overcome the current challenges confronting the continent. We cannot have a situation where South Africans use violence as a tool to turn on their fellow African brothers and sisters, no matter how bad their grievances are. What happened in Tembisa this morning, must not be replicated anywhere else in the City," said Mayor Masina.
Ongoing raids are being conducted through the City's weekly Siyaqhuba Accelerated Service Delivery Programme. During the raids, health and safety inspectors test edible goods being sold to the public and ensure that no dangerous or illegal substances are being sold. Immigration officials are also on hand during the raids to verify that immigrants working in these small businesses are properly documented and are legally inside the country.
Issued by the Office of the Executive Mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni.