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ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba slams claims the political party is xenophobic as ‘absurd’

  • ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba has called nonsense claims that the political party is xenophobic
  • Mashaba then questioned the basis of what is considered xenophobic in the current climate of South Africa.
  • Earlier, he said ActionSA is accused of being xenophobic by those who misunderstand its policies.

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CAPE TOWN — ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba has criticized claims that the political party is xenophobic. The politician has expressed his position on foreign nationals and has often been accused of being intolerant.

Action SA leader Herman Mashaba criticized xenophobia allegations made against the party. Image: Simphiwe Nkwali
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Taking to Twitter, Mashaba said claims the party was xenophobic were “absurd”. He responded to a social media user who said she had a problem with party xenophobia.

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The statement apparently ruffled Mashaba’s feathers, and he said:

“This nonsense again. Maybe I don’t understand the definition of the word,” he said.

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Mashaba then questioned the basis of what is considered xenophobic.

“Is it xenophobic to want strong border management? Is it xenophobic to tell people they have to come here LEGALLY? Is it xenophobic to prioritize South Africans in their own country? ” he said.

According SchedulesLIVE, last year, the party leader claimed that ActionSA is accused of being xenophobic by those who misunderstand and misrepresent its position. At the time, Mashaba said the beauty of democratic electoral politics meant that everyone was entitled to their opinions.

Mzansi reacts to the comments:

@DaveLamula said:

“Nothing xenophobic here, we have to stand up and tell the truth, we can’t listen to the ANC and EFF because we don’t know their agenda, maybe they give illegal immigrants fake documents to vote for them in the elections.”

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@LeonSolms posted:

“No, but it is xenophobic to falsely claim that there are 15 million undocumented foreigners in South Africa, and it is xenophobic to say that people who disagree with your position on foreign policy profit from prostitution, drugs or counterfeiting. You have done both.

@InocentKhumalo wrote:

“There is nothing xenophobic comrade. Those who say it’s xenophobic are saying nonsense.

@SeabelaL added:

“I think you should avoid answering nonsense. We have a huge job ahead of us: to save South Africa. It’s now or never.”

ActionSA chief Herman Mashaba denies creating an environment that led to the murder of Zimbabwean Elvis Nyathi

In a related case, In brief News also reported that ActionSA chief Herman Mashaba has refuted allegations that he sparked the xenophobic attacks that led to the death of Elvis Nyathi in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg.

Nyathi was a 43-year-old Zimbabwean national who was stoned and set on fire in an apparent act of mob violence.

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Mashaba recently condemned Nyathi’s murder and yet Honorary Professor of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand Jonathan Jansen said Mashaba sparked anti-immigrant hatred.

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Source: News in Brief