Let’s Unite and show our support at the Peace March for a United Africa.
The KwaZulu-Natal Government and eThekwini Municipality has vowed that Durban will not be brought to its knees by a few violent instigators who have declared war against foreign nationals.
A Peace March is taking place tomorrow, Thursday, 16 April 2015 and will be led by the Premier Senzo Mchunu and Mayor James Nxumalo. Groups representing foreign nationals, religious groups, non-government organisations and civil societies have confirmed that they will be part of the Peace March which will start from Curries Fountain at 10am and end at City Hall. The Peace March for a United Africa comes in the wake of recent spreading incidents of attacks against foreign nationals and their businesses.
We call on all those against these xenophobic attacks to support he Peace March. It is expected to attract 10 000 people, will also be attended by foreign representatives and civic society leaders such as church and traditional leaders.
“Once again, we implore all concerned to cease these violent attacks. Let us work together to find solutions of peaceful coexistence and put an end to these senseless criminal activities,” said Mchunu.
Seventy four arrests have been made to date for offences including murder, public violence, business robbery, theft and possession of firearms and ammunition.
“The latest acts of violence directed at foreign nationals are shaming our province and tarnishing our international standing. Therefore we are calling on everyone to be part of this bold statement which says we must immediately stop these attacks and work towards the reintegration of our foreign national brothers and sisters into the communities where they were living in before,” appealed Mchunu. These attacks undermined our efforts as South Africans in building a united Africa that is at peace with itself and its people.
Details of the Peace March:
Date: Thursday, 16 April 2015
Starts: Curries Fountain
Ends: Durban City Hall
We call for the Spirit of Ubuntu to prevail in our communities.
“Let it be known to all of us that without the solidarity of the African continent and its people we would not have been able to achieve the freedom we enjoy today,” added Mchunu.
EThekwini Mayor Nxumalo said the attacks on foreigners and looting of foreign-owned shops has led to the death of five people and has far-reaching negative economic implications for the City and South Africa.
“People should not take the law into their own hands but must report these criminals who are tarnishing the image of our beautiful City to police so that the perpetrators can be brought to book,” appealed Nxumalo.
A multi-disciplinary high-level government task team deployed by President Jacob Zuma to address the xenophobic violence led by Mchunu is currently visiting all xenophobia hotspots in the province.
The government delegation including State Security Minister David Mahlobo, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, Nxumalo and members of the Provincial Legislature visited Verulam to assess the situation after reports of violence at the Verulam CDB last night.
Thereafter they will proceed to KwaMashu, Isipingo, Dalton and the Mahatma Ghandhi Road areas where foreign nationals were recently attacked.
Nxumalo said the violence directed at foreign nationals will negate the progress eThekwini has made in positioning Durban as a destination of choice for foreign investors. Both leaders announced that apart from this Peace March other interventions are working flat out to stop the attacks, start a dialogue towards social cohesion and work on the reintegration of the displaced people.
Temporary shelter set up in Isipingo, Chatsworth and Greenwood Park to accommodate the displaced foreign nationals are being monitored and and working with Non-Government Organisations, government has also ensured that the displaced are provided with at least three meals a day, blankets and personal hygiene items. Government’s primary objective is to ensure that the displaced foreign nationals are safely reintegrated back into the community.