Statement issued by United Democratic Movement

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) welcomes the arrest of the men responsible for the death of the Mozambican National, Emmanuel Sithole in Alexandra township over the weekend during what appears to be a xenophobic attack. Also we would like to welcome the role played by the members of Alexandra community in arrest of these culprits. This shows clearly that working together we can do more to curb this widespread violence.

This is really a trying time for the country and we would like to state it clear that as UDM, we are against these brutal attacks of our brother and sisters. South Africa is known for its rainbow nation and unity and it is time to come together and put an end to these horrific events.

Despite these arrests and police officials being deployed, we are calling on the more police visibility especially in the affected areas. As citizens of this beautiful country, let us work together and protect Africa and Africans.

We would also like to take this opportunity and convey our deepest condolences to the Sithole family and friends and of those who have lost loved ones during the xenophobic attacks throughout South Africa.