While he could not quantify the impact of the attacks, the Deputy Minister said the effect was negative.
“This situation has become untenable,” he said, adding that South Africa is a small country compared to the continent of one billion people.
The Deputy Minister was addressing a dialogue on attacks on foreign nationals held at the Germiston Civic Centre. He reminded those attending the dialogue that the continent had opened its doors to South Africans during the apartheid years and that if the attacks on foreign nationals do not stop, the goal of intra-African trade will collapse.
The attacks, Deputy Minister Masina said, were embarrassing for the country. He urged South Africans to take a stand against attacks on foreigners.