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Minister and the ICT Sector Meets to Discuss Solutions to the Xenophobic Attacks

April 22, 2015

The Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Dr Siyabonga Cwele and Deputy Minister Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize met this morning with leaders in the ICT sector to discuss ways to combat the current violent and criminal attacks that are directed at foreign nationals.

The meeting was attended by 51 chairpersons, chief executives and senior executives from public and private companies representing 24 companies that included Sentech, the SA Post Office, USAASA, .zaDNA, Broaband Infraco, Nemisa, Telkom, Neotel, Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Ericsson, Huawei.

Industry associations present at this meeting were the South African Communications Forum, the Wi-Fi Forum, the International Organisation of Employers and the Information Technology Association.

The meeting forms part of the co-ordinated effort by the Government, business and civil society to combat the current violent and criminal acts directed at foreign nationals and establish dialogue with communities to look at ways of addressing their real concerns that may have been hijacked by criminals.

“The sector committed to mobilising their resources to partner with government in condemning violence and crime in all its forms and send messages that promote values of tolerance and inculcate the sense of one Africa, united and at peace with herself. The sector said yes to a positive campaign,” said Minister Cwele.

This work will receive heightened activity as we approach Africa Month in May and the sector leaders will use their communications platforms to share the messages with their counterparts. These platforms include emails and SMSes.
The sector also committed itself to removing online hate speech and xenophobic messages hosted by South African Internet Service Providers.

A steering committee between the Department and the sector has been established to facilitate the implementation of these interventions.