South African High Commissioner to Ghana Lulu Xingwana called on African leaders to create jobs for their citizens.
According to the diplomat, job creation would discourage them from traveling to South Africa in search of a better life. His comments follow the xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
The wave of violence that erupted in Johannesburg and spread to other cities has resulted in the destruction of foreign-owned shops.
Crowds looted, burned and vandalized stores, properties and vehicles during the violence. Some angry South Africans have called on the government to expel undocumented migrants.
In an interview with Starr FM, the High Commissioner revealed that poverty is at the root of this worrying situation.
“It all starts with poverty. African leaders must create jobs and opportunities for their citizens so that we are not all grouped in one country because one country would not be able to cope. If we all came to Ghana, would you be able to bear the burden? That’s why I say poverty is a crime. There is poverty in Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria. That’s why other Africans leave their country hoping to find something in South Africa . “
Lulu Xingwana says it is unacceptable to attribute violence in South Africa to hatred against other African nationals.
“We have the responsibility, we all have the responsibility to create jobs and opportunities for our citizens,” she said.