Dlamini-Zuma Condemns Violent Attacks

African Union Commission chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, says that nothing warrants the senseless attacks on people, no matter what the challenges.

Dlamini-Zuma, who describes the attacks of foreign nationals in the province of KwaZulu-Natal as ‘unacceptable, is calling for an immediate halt, while expressing ‘deep concerns’.

MPs Freed to Fight Xenophobia

Parliament has suspended its plenary sittings for next week to allow MPs to go to their constituencies and combat xenophobia.

Important portfolio committee meetings tasked with passing the budget in time will continue‚ but full plenary meetings of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces have been suspended to free up MPs.
The decision was taken by the multi-party chief whips' forum this week and has the support of all major political parties.

Groups Urge Govt to Tackle Xenophobia

Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and the International Federation for Human Rights are calling on the government to reinforce their human rights-based legal framework in order to prevent and redress human rights violations against migrants.

LHR spokesperson, Patricia Erasmus, points out that there are too many misconceptions about foreigners, adding that, "It does not take into account the circumstances under which people document themselves in South Africa.”

SADC NGO Condemns Xenophobic Attacks

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of NGOs has condemned the spate of deadly xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

The SADC Council of NGOs based in Gaborone, Botswana says the recent attacks should be ‘condemned in the strongest possible terms’ by all peace-loving people.

The organisation states that, “The events have erupted from simmering anger and hostility in South Africa as people lash out in violence against other Africans for what they perceive as the undue advantages they enjoy.”

30 000 to March Against Xenophobia

Controversial Bishop Paul Verryn‚ Professor Adam Habib, vice-chancellor at University of the Witwatersrand and expelled Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, are among those confirmed to address the People’s March Against Xenophobia‚ which takes place in Johannesburg on Thursday.

In a press statement, People's March Against Xenophobia points out that the march is being organised by “an emergency coalition convened to confront the horrors of xenophobia in South Africa‚ taking a stand to denounce the violence and embrace unity.”

Govt’s Ambitious Plan to End Xenophobia

Government has launched an ambitious campaign to prevent future outbreaks of xenophobic violence‚ aimed at changing the way South Africans think about foreigners.

Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko, points out that, “Now that the situation is stabilising‚ the government is turning its attention to a long-term‚ sustainable intervention that will address the underlying mindsets that motivate these attacks in the first place. It is imperative that the root cause be addressed‚ and for mindsets to be transformed.”

Diplomats Meet to Discuss Xenophobia

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will meet ambassadors and diplomats from other African countries to discuss the latest wave of xenophobic attacks in the country.

Five people have died during violent confrontations in KwaZulu-Natal since this month, and thousands have been displaced.

A peace march was held in Durban on Thursday, 16 April 2015, attended by thousands of people, including Premier Senzo Mchunu, religious leaders and celebrities.

Malawi May Repatriate Citizens from SA

The Malawian government states that it would help repatriate its citizens from South Africa following an outbreak of xenophobic violence in Durban that has left four people dead.
Malawi’s information Minister, Kondwani Nankhumwa, warns that, "The situation is really tense as about 360 Malawians are stranded in South Africa following xenophobic attacks there."
He further adds that the Malawians targeted have "lost everything", including their passports.

Gbaffou Likens Xenophobia to Apartheid

The African Diaspora Forum has compared xenophobia to apartheid.

The Forum’s chairperson, Marc Gbaffou, points out that, “If people are being chased and burnt because of their origins, means we are facing a huge challenge.”

Gbaffou says that migrants in South Africa are not here to take away the wealth of this country, also appealing to locals to rather allow foreign nationals doing business here to share business ideas with them.

Xenophobia: Danger Brewing for 2016 Elections

In a xenophobic atmosphere ripe for political exploitation, only a few stand to lose as much as foreign nationals.

In his analysis, Phillip de Wet, says that foreign traders in some Gauteng townships say they are trading normally, following an incident in which their spaza shops were cleared out by mobs as police stood idle or – in a small number of cases – were accused of aiding and abetting looters.


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