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Jordaan condemns SA violence

Danny Jordaan
Danny Jordaan has condemned the recent violence in South Africa
Danny Jordaan, the chief executive of the 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee, has condemned anti-immigrant violence in South Africa.

But he also insisted it would end before the tournament takes place.

At least 42 people have been killed and more than 25,000 driven from their homes in 12 days of attacks.

The mobs are accusing African migrants of taking jobs and fuelling crime.

Jordaan said the level of scrutiny of South Africa after the recent violence was an inevitable result of hosting the World Cup.

"We can see the focus of attention on our country, for completely different reasons, both of them tragic," he said.

"Our standpoint is that this World Cup must be a celebration of Africa's humanity.

"Africa has too often been a continent of division, of wars, of humiliation.

"And certainly we condemn any situation that continues to inflict on African people humiliation, suffering, war, disease.

"So our position is crystal clear and we ask that every action must be taken to stop inflicting on displaced people further displacement.

"It's something that will pass ... South Africans are not xenophobic."

Jordaan reiterated his view that all the stadiums would be ready in time for the tournament.

However he conceded that finishing a new stadium in Port Elizabeth in time for the Confederations Cup in July next year was "a challenge."

see also
SA seeks to share 2010 World Cup
12 Apr 07 |  African
Jordaan dismisses 2010 concerns
21 Sep 06 |  African

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