25 February 2017 - The South African Football Association (SAFA) condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent outbreak of Xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals in our country.
As SAFA, we work with every single country on the African continent and we have consistently pursued the path of cooperation and solidarity with all African FA members.
As South Africans, we should remember that we are founder members of CAF; we hosted the first African World Cup, something which was celebrated all over the continent. Our continued progress in football is through Africa first, with Africa and with the support of Africa.
We want to reiterate that we don’t want to let fellow Africans feel unwelcome in our country.
This however, does not stop us from condeming drugs and crime that is ravaging our society, especially the youth from all walks of life.
We call upon the police to work around the clock to the deal with this scourge.
However, the problem of drugs and crime is a problem that started even under the apartheid era while foreigners only started coming to South Africa after 1994.
As SAFA, we call upon the Police to be vigilant and stop the barbaric attacks on foreign nationals in our country.