While pointing at an imaginary ‘third force’, they fail to see the three fingers of their hand pointing back at them.
The old new ANC mantra: say lies often enough and the people will see it as fact.
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Police have evidence of third force - MEC
The police have "concrete evidence" of a suspected third force involvement in xenophobic attacks in and around Johannesburg, the Gauteng Legislature heard on Tuesday.
"The police now have concrete evidence of those involved in orchestrations and they are dealing with it," said Gauteng MEC for Sport Barbara Creecy.
She was speaking on behalf of Community Safety MEC Firoz Cachalia during a debate on the spate of violence in Gauteng in the past week.
Creecy said the total number of arrests related to the unrest now stood at 297.
The xenophobia hotspots were relatively quiet during the night, she said adding that the police brought about peace and stability.
Earlier Gauteng Premier Shilowa condemned xenophobic violence in the province, saying top police management would decide on a possible army deployment.
"The decision to deploy the army should not be a political decision, but that of senior managers of the police, based on their assessment of the situation and required capacity," he said.
"We welcome the decision to deploy additional police in affected areas in the province. I hope this will go a long way to bringing the situation under control without having to involve the army."
Shilowa said an inter-ministerial task team had been established to monitor the situation in xenophobic hotspots across the province.
"Yes, the situation is dire and we must intervene and intervene forcefully.
"What kind of nation are we building?" he asked.
"One which rejoices at someone who is burning, who is engulfed by flames?"
Shilowa said the attacks had elements of xenophobia and criminality but rejected calls that a state of emergency be declared.
"While the declaration of the state of emergency is a prerogative of the president of the republic, it is important that such a declaration not be made lightly and in haste.
"A state of emergency implies that the life of a nation is threatened by war, invasion, or general insurrection.
"My view is that the current situation, dire as it is, can be handled without resorting to the declaration of a state of emergency," Shilowa said.
Democratic Alliance leader in Gauteng Jack Bloom called on the legislature to mandate an army deployment.
"With our townships burning we need a show of force," he said.
Bloom will address the legislature in a special session on the state of xenophobic attacks in Gauteng around 1pm on Tuesday.
The attacks, which started last week, have left behind a trail of destruction, which has so far claimed 23 lives and left up to 10 000 people seeking refuge in shelters.