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ANC, IFP join forces to help fight xenophobia

Secretary General of the ANC Gwede Mantashe

Secretary General of the ANC Gwede Mantashe

May 20, 2008, 18:15

The ANC and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) have joined hands in the fight against the attacks on foreigners which have now been widely blamed on criminal elements. The decision was taken after the IFP requested a meeting with the ANC.

ANC spokesperson Jessie Duarte says: "Both parties are concerned about the recent attacks and we are working together in order to find the cause of the problem. Both the Secretary General of the ANC and IFP will remain in contact and meet on a regular basis to inform each other on the latest situation in the townships.”

Tonight, the ANC in Gauteng and Sanco will hold an urgent meeting. Meanwhile, Former President Nelson Mandela, who's out of the country, has called for calm. "This violence must stop now ... It should not be allowed to continue because it will lead to ethnic conflict."

Click here to send this article to a friend     Click here for a printable version of this article     Video report on ongoing xenophobic clashes in the Gauteng region     Video report on the meeting between the IFP and the ANC    
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