The mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba took to Twitter Monday night to apologize to the community about the dreadful crime spree which shook people after the Global Citizen Festival.
After an unsatisfactory statement from the South African Police spokesman, Mashaba wanted to set the record straight and console victims.
It's deeply frustrating that the suspects are undocumented.— Herman Mashaba (@HermanMashaba) December 3, 2018
It is these types of instances that harm our economy and out most vulnerable residents irreparably.
However, he probably should have left his message at the apology. The tweet had people a little ticked off when he blamed undocumented immigrants for the crime and destruction which plagued the Sasol gas station parking lot early Monday morning after the Global Citizen Festival.
South Africa wasted no time responding.
Instead of blaming foreigners you need to revise your city's crowd control policy. Educate your police force on how to handle big events. Police let down people and traffic out of Soweto was a major nightmare. You should have deployed more JMPD and SAPS officials there. https://t.co/vTMsmgA68J— Tapiwa Munjoma (@TapiwaMunjoma) December 4, 2018
Does mashaba knows there are South Africans who are also undocumented who act foreign only to reveal their identity in courts and claim mistaken arrests,just because crime in Jhb has been painted much on foreigners. Not a very clever move by the mayor— humble african (@tongileman91) December 3, 2018
Don't you just love diverting, JMPD was folding arms by the robots leaning against their cars n they did fokolo let alone control traffic— Sbusiso (@sbulah07) December 3, 2018
Herman Mashaba you are out of order here.Everyone now knows you hate foreigners,it does not make it any better to say they were undocumented.The issue is did you make any arrests on that day to prove to us that they were foreigners?Be a man Mr Mayor and stop shifting blame.— S Gwebu (@Sindoe_ZA) December 4, 2018
Foreigners residing in South Africa got Xenophobic and Trump-ish vibes from Mashaba. Understandably so. Words don’t always translate well on Twitter. While the mayor may be exactly right in what he’s saying he hasn’t addressed the inactivity of SAPS.
How does Mashaba expect this undocumented immigrant problem to get under control if he can’t even rely on law enforcement to do their jobs? Who will enforce the law?
While they were posted with good intent, Mashaba’s tweets have left Johannesburg back in square one as it pertains to holding the negligent police officers accountable.