Mr Speaker, the IFP calls for an urgent investigation into the reported claims of xenophobia in the Mayfair area of Johannesburg. These claims are of grave concern because xenophobia appears to be becoming endemic and systemic in some areas. There needs to be an urgent investigation and intervention into claims by a group that calls itself the SA Blacks Association that they will burn down houses, kill children and burn down foreigners' shops.
The IFP believes there are other ways in which communities can raise concerns regarding socioeconomic issues. In 2008 this country experienced xenophobic rioting and many foreigners were killed. Communities do not want to experience that kind of violence again.
The intelligence services of this country must be able to identify the leaders of the group that is intimidating people and threatening chaos around the country for its own benefit. The IFP calls on the State Security Agency, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organisation for Migration and the SA Human Rights Commission to work closely with the SAPS to stabilise the situation before it escalates out of the country's control.