Xenophobic Attacks: Zuma Should Take Full Responsibility, Falana Says

Femi-FalanaLagos based lawyer and rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has said President Jacob Zuma and his party, the African National Congress, should take full responsibility for the xenophobic attacks on black immigrants in South Africa.

The legal luminary, while reacting to the attacks in a statement on Monday, said the ANC had failed to address the rising wave of unemployment in the country, adding that there was mass disenchantment with the Zuma-led government.

He said, “Zuma’s economic programme has excluded the people from the dividends of democracy. Out of sheer ignorance, the masses have engaged in misdirected antagonism by unleashing mayhem on hapless Nigerians and others who have been driven out of their own countries.

“The xenophobic attacks are unfortunate but President Zuma should take full responsibility for the mess on the ground. Grand official corruption is on the increase in South Africa while waste of scarce resources is the order of the day”.

Falana also tasked the Federal Government on the need to ensure the evacuation of Nigerians from the country.

“Instead of risking the lives of Nigerians who are easy targets of xenophobic attacks, the government should bring them back home”, he said.