Zimbabwe's ambassador to South Africa, David Douglas Hamadzirip and other African diplomats called on the South African government to ensure that political parties in that country avoid inflammatory statements against aliens, as this could trigger xenophobic attacks.
In an interview, Ambassador Hamadziripi said African diplomats held a meeting with government officials in South Africa last Friday to discuss their concerns about xenophobic attacks.
South Africa comes out on May 8, and new xenophobic attacks have emerged again in some parts of the Limpopo province and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, leaving three dead people.
Ambassador Hamadziripi said after South Africa was in the pre-election season, African diplomats were concerned about statements against migrants that could trigger attacks on foreigners.
"The message is that in the election era and as African diplomats we have called on the SA government to ensure that political party leaders refrain from indicative statements that could trigger xenophobic attacks," Ambassador Hamadziripi said.
He said the Zimbabwean truck driver was attacked in the neighboring country, while the malaysian man married to Zimbabwe was also attacked during recent xenophobic attacks.
Ambassador Hamadziripi said that others could be psychologically affected by the violent attacks that led some foreigners to lose their property.
He said the South African government closely cooperated with African diplomats and agreed to establish a working group to deal with xenophobia attacks.
"One of the things that was agreed at the meeting on Friday is the establishment of a working group consisting of government officials from several agents, including the International Relations and Cooperation Department and the Internal Affairs Department. African diplomats will also participate in the work of the working group, "he said.
Ambassador Hamadziripi said that the working group is expected to constantly monitor the situation in the field with the aim of taking preventive measures to avoid attacks.
He said the South African government convinced African diplomats that the security and security of aliens based in the neighboring country were guaranteed.
Ambassador Hamadziripi said South Africans should appreciate the fact that foreigners in the neighboring country also positively contribute to the SA economy.
"We must also balance that story with the fact that Zimbabweans and other foreign nationals also give a positive contribution to the economy of this country. There are Zimbabweans and other parties who are employed on wages and who make a significant contribution to the various sectors of SA economics, "he said.
The ambassador said that Zimbabweans should ensure that their papers are in order.
"Our message to all Zimbabweans is to document and respect the laws of host countries, and we will work with the South African government to ensure that our people live calmly and in harmony with their neighbors," he said.