A South African bishop has condemned a rash of violence against foreigners in that country, and warned that a scheduled public demonstration against immigrants is “cause for serious concern.”
Bishop Abel Gabuza, who chairs the social-justice commission of the
South African bishops’ conference, urged political leaders to “devise
more effective ways to detect and counter xenophobic violence before it
At the same time, Bishop Gabuza said that communities troubled by
crimes committed by foreign nationals should demand action from police
and political leaders, rather than taking the law into their own hands.
“We reiterate our call to the government to strengthen border controls,” the bishop said.