EFF Says Stats & Science Refute Claims That Foreigners Are Criminals.. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have disputed claims that foreigners are the criminals in chief in South Africa.
The EFF called on South Africans to not scapegoat foreigners while ignoring the fact that the overwhelming majority of criminals in the country are in fact South Africans.
EFF spokesperson Sinawo Thambo said criminality does not have a nationality and warned that you cannot fight crime if you reduce it to identity.
He also cautioned South Africans to be careful not to spread fake news about foreigners being criminals as it leads to the loss of life, like what happened in Diepsloot. Thambo highlighted that stats and science do not corroborate claims that foreigners are the criminals in chief in South Africa.
He said this following a visit by the EFF to the late Elvis Nyathi’s family in Diepsloot.
Nyathi, a Zimbabwean national, was brutally killed by a mob of South Africans in the late hours of Wednesday. The 43-year-old father of four was allegedly chased by a mob that tied him up, assaulted him, and set him on fire shortly after returning from work.
Thambo said South Africa’s townships are characterised by murder and daily crimes that can’t be attributed to foreign nationals.
Speaking on foreigners being falsely accused of being the criminals in chief, Thambo said,
We have become accustomed to scapegoating foreign nationals for crimes in this country, scapegoating the lack of service delivery by the ANC to foreign nationals. This narrative has been allowed to survive.
Broadcasters must be careful. Do not give an impression to South Africans that foreign nationals are the criminals in chief in this county. It is not true.
It is not corroborated by science; it is not corroborated by statistics.
The people in the jails of South Africa are South Africans in the majority. The people in the holding cells of our police stations, in the majority, are South Africans.
The people who are beating their wives, abusing their children, and committing the crimes in this country it is ourselves.
We protect criminals in our homes and try and find a criminal simply because they don’t have a passport…We must be careful collectively as a country from spreading fake news that can lead to a loss of life, in the same way as it has done here.
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) April 8, 2022
Thambo also said the EFF would assist the Nyathi family where help is needed, including with documentation to take the body of the deceased home.