Xingwana said this Wednesday in a reaction to the latest xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
The attacks have left five dead in riots in Johannesburg, where foreign-owned shops
were targeted on Monday, a recurrence of the 2015 attacks that left at least seven people killed.
“And this starts from poverty, all of our countries must create jobs and opportunities for
their people so that we don’t all flock to one country because the one country would not
be able to cope. If all of us were coming to Ghana, would you cope? Would you?”
she said on Starr Today on Starr FM.
“That’s why I say it’s crime, it’s poverty, in Ghana in South Africa, in Zimbabwe, in Nigeria
everywhere. And then people will leave these countries and any other country and think they
can find something in South Africa,” she added.
Xingwana said it was wrong for anyone to attribute the violence being recorded in South
Africa to hatred of other African nationals.
She said the attacks were not directed to foreign nationals and that it is a crime associated with poverty.
“We have a responsibility, all of us to create jobs and opportunities for our people and not
look at one country to do it,” she emphasized.