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SADC to help SA counter xenophobia

YANDE SYAMPEYO, Harare
SOUTHERN African Development Community (SADC) leaders have condemned the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa which left six people dead.
In a communique at the just- ended SADC extraordinary summit of heads of State and government read out by SADC  executive secretary Stergomena Tax on Wednesday, the leaders, however, resolved to support the South African government in measures it has instituted  to prevent future attacks.
South African President Jacob Zuma, who also condemned the attacks, briefed other leaders on the measures his administration has put in place  to put to an end xenophobia in that country.
And SADC chairperson Robert Mugabe said the region should not only criticise the recent events in South Africa but strive to assist Mr Zuma and his administration to curb the vice.
Mr Mugabe, who is  Zimbabwean President, said people in the region should be tolerant and support efforts to stop xenophobia.
He told a media briefing at the close of the summit that the South African government has put in place measures to prevent a re-occurrence of the attacks.
Mr Mugabe said the South African government is carrying out sensitisation talks to educate people on the dangers of xenophobia.
“They have further increased security patrols to curb and or prevent any further attacks by some xenophobic groups,” he said.
Mr Mugabe said other measures that the region can undertake to prevent further xenophobic attacks are to prevent people from migrating to South Africa.
“We should discourage people from the region from migrating to South Africa as a control measure and also bring back home those who have settled in that country,” Mr Mugabe said.
And the summit has approved the SADC industrialisation strategy and roadmap.
The strategy seeks to foster economic growth and advancement at national and regional levels through value addition and beneficiation of raw materials and natural resources.



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