Show your Love and Support for the victims of the Xenophobic Attacks in Durban.
You would have seen the recent news reports and social media posts on the recent Xenophobic attacks on hundreds of foreigners in Durban. Early last week the first attacks began in Isipingo, in South Durban after a group of foreign nationals were hired by a local business. Many local workers were outraged by this, which prompted the attacks.
This has started a wave of similar such attacks all over Durban, resulting in hundreds of displaced foreign Nationals.
Twenty-eight people have been arrested and several foreign-owned shops were looted and torched in Durban overnight in the latest flare-up of xenophobia. The attacks continued throughout the weekend and the looting of shops in KwaMashu continued on Monday morning, following an outbreak of overnight violence aimed at foreign-owned businesses.
According to media reports, two Ethiopian brothers were petrol-bombed in Umlazi on Friday evening, with one of them reportedly succumbing to his injuries. The horrifying pictures of them being burnt have been doing the rounds on social media. Another five shops were looted on Friday forcing more Ethiopians in the area to flee.
It is alleged a Pakistani family are also affected after their business was destroyed. Police spokesperson Thulani Zwane said the situation is back to normal, but police are still patrolling the area. The social challenges prevailing in society require urgent and real attention. Where do we start? Let’s go back to basics and instil the spirit of Ubuntu.
The sad part of this, is that our locals who have been “brought up”on spirit of Ubuntu are in fact the perpetrators of violent attacks, abuse and hatred. This has resulted in huge groupings of foreigners being housed in camps in Durban.
These are human beings, they have left their homes to seek a better life for themselves and their families. We must ask ourselves some hard questions. Does this hatred rest within the spirit of Ubuntu, that our Tata Madiba taught us so well? Do we really have the right to judge another person because of their place of origins?
Since they cannot return to their homes, they have taken refuge in camps provided by the Ethekwini Municipality as well as other areas not fit for habitation, where they are facing hardship, illness and hunger.
Here is how you can help:
Durban, we appeal to you as a community, to show your compassion for our fellow man and demonstrate our sense of Ubuntu and hospitality.
So this is an urgent call to anyone willing to help to please make a deposit into special account set up by the Democracy Development Programme, a Human rights Nonprofit organization. Any contribution will be appreciated.
BRANCH NUMBER : 042726
ACCOUNT NAME: DEMOCRACY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 508 474 81
ACCOUNT TYPE: CURRENT ACCOUNT
REFERENCE FOR DEPOSITS: Name of giver/ REFUGEE FUND
Alternatively, you can drop of food or toiletries and other basic amenities at The South Durban Basin Office at 398 Bluff Road, Jacobs.