The DA said it was horrified to learn of the murder of a Zimbabwean gardener Elvis Nyathi in Diepsloot in what appeared to be a xenophobic attack.
The opposition party placed the blame for the incident at the feet of the government and populist politicians and leaders.
DA HORRIFIED BY NYATHIâ€™S MURDER
Nyathi, a 43-year-old father of four, who left Zimbabwe six years ago to come and live and work in South Africa was allegedly stoned and burnt to death by a group of vigilantes that went door-to-door in Diepsloot and demanded that residents produce passports and identity documents to prove their nationality.
The attack happened at night on Wednesday, 6 April â€“ the same day Minister of Police Bheki Cele visited the community who are aggrieved by the crime in the area.
The opposition party said Elvis Nyathi’s murder is a sign that more foreigners will be brutally killed in South Africa is Cyril Ramaphosa’s government doesn’t take strong action.
â€œThis reprehensible and senseless attack could be a sign of things to come should strong action not be taken by government to crack down on these criminal elements and fix our broken immigration system which has been a powder keg for this kind of vigilantism and criminality,â€ said the DAâ€™s National spokesperson Siviwe Gwarube in a statement.
â€œHowever, blame must also be placed on populist politicians and leaders who fan the flames of xenophobia in our country. The cost will always be lives lost in a spate of violent attacks.â€
The opposition party said it warned that xenophobic rhetoric by populists is dangerous and misplaced, adding that blaming foreigners for South Africaâ€™s problems, including unemployment and inequality, is â€œthe highest form of scapegoating.â€