The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has noted the increasing attacks on foreign nationals residing in South Africa.
We unequivocally condemn these wanton acts of xenophobia and racism that have taken the lives of many innocent people and led to the destruction of property.
SASCOC, and its affiliated federations express their condolences to those who have lost their loved ones and offer our deep sympathy to the injured.
Sport is an integral part of the cultural and physical characteristic of the African continent. The countries of Africa stood firm during the cultural and sporting boycotts of apartheid
South Africa and offered our sportsmen and women sanctuary during those dark days.
It is within our common humanity to embrace all law-‐abiding individuals, men and women, who have made South Africa their home, irrespective of the country they have arrived from.
We, representing the sports fraternity in our country, are driven by the moral imperative to challenge and condemn these heinous acts of xenophobic violence. No individual should ever feel unsafe in South Africa because of the colour of their skin, their ethnic roots or the country of their origin.
We urge all South Africans, all sports people, to denounce this xenophobia and violence from whichever quarter it is emanating from and to recommit ourselves to the principles of Ubuntu and show respect for all people who live in our country.
SASCOC pledges its support to all sectors that are committed to ending this violence and urge all our sporting federations to stand up and confront this scourge that has blighted our democracy.
Issued by SASCOC