Xenophobia is an unhappy truth and we need to build an internal economic capacity in our country to minimise the growing xenophobia which is spawned by competition for scarce resources by locals and immigrants.

Government can hardly blame our people for their violent expression of dissatisfaction with the situation – this however does not excuse burning down shops and hurting fellow human beings.

In addition the UDM believes that effective border control, specifically illegal arrival/departure of goods and persons, is necessary and that this would also curb xenophobic attacks.