xenophobia

Municipality Closes Last Refugee Camp

The eThekwini municipality has announced the closure of the last camp in Durban for those displaced by xenophobic violence.

The Chatsworth camp was home to foreign nationals who were displaced during the violent attacks earlier this year.

City spokesperson, Tozi Mthethwa, says the foreign nationals were informed about the closure, adding that, “The aim of establishing the interim shelter was to protect the displaced African immigrants from the then volatile situation they faced back in their communities."

Xenophobia Discussed at SADC

South Africa has continued to face questions about the recent xenophobic violence directed at African immigrants.

The issue was raised during a discussion on migration on the side-lines of the 37th Session of the South African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum meeting in Durban.

MSF Criticises Govt Over ‘Operation Fiela’

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says that South African government’s treatment of foreign nationals through Operation Fiela, while publicly denouncing xenophobia, is a ‘festering contradiction’.

MSF is concerned that the raids by the police, military and the Department of Home Affairs in [the] wake of the xenophobic violence erodes trust and exposes a contradiction.

Refugees Left Out in the Cold

Foreigners living in a temporary shelter at Isipingo Beach, south of Durban, following April 2015 xenophobic attacks have put up their own shacks after the eThekwini municipality removed the tents they were living in.
 
Spokesperson for the refugees at the camp, Daniel Dunia, states that, “Government officials removed everything over the weekend and told us to leave the camp,” adding that, “The situation is very bad here. There is no food, or anything, as the officials are blocking donors who want to come in and offer assistance.”
 

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.”

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