Durban, You made us so Proud Today.
We received a very interesting email from one of our fans and decided to share it with you. We have a very different story to tell about what really went down at the Peace March against Xenophobia in Durban today, and it is one that you probably won’t read about anywhere else.
“Durban is My Heart, My Home”
It all started last night, when I got a call from my relative to join a group of ladies to join the Peace March in the Durban CBD. My immediate reaction was “Are you crazy?” Especially after all the social media images of people being burnt alive (which we later realised was an image from 2008 in Johannesburg), the alleged violence, angry mobs and turbulence.
After giving it some thought, I remembered the wise words of Madiba “Take your guns, your knives, and your pangas and throw them into the sea! Close down the death factories. End this war now!” I summoned the African spirit of Ubuntu inside of me and agreed to join them in the Peace March.
We arrived at Curries Fountain in Durban at 10am promptly, armed with pride for our city, peace in our hearts, and an umbrella (after checking out the dark clouds above). The atmosphere was electric!! It was ages since I felt this. This feeling of pride, unity, purpose – this is what “ubuntu” feels like, and it felt AWESOME!!!
The crowds were singing, dancing, hugging one another and it felt real. And even though I didn’t know the words to the songs, I danced amongst the crowds and it was great.
The formalities began a bit late, and after an opening address by officials and prayers by different religious leaders, we were ready to begin the Peace March. Just as we were about to leave for the Peace March a group of people within the crowd let off teargas and there was a bit of scuffling. The police got the situation under control within minutes. Kudos to the law enforcement authorities and officials – they were brilliant.
Crowds walked in unison and in a surprisingly orderly manner into the streets. At one point during the peace March when we passed The Grey Street Mosque around 12 o’clock the call for prayer sounded over the air. It was magical – it felt like the divine was calling out for peace and harmony.
Once the Peace March entered into the last stretch towards the Durban City Hall and I realised it was almost over, I felt a bit sad as I wanted this feeling to last a bit longer.
When we arrived at Durban City Hall the National Anthem was being sung and many people had tears in their eyes. We waited for a little at City Hall and then made our way back home.
I know that a lot has been posted over the past few days over social media, but the “mob mentality” of people posting images and statuses irresponsibly was by far more damaging than the actual events. I agree that there are serious issues that need to be resolved, however it is not all gloom and doom.
Please remember that when you are irresponsible by posting incorrect facts, images and spreading rumours which are not true, you are inciting hate and have blood on your hands. You are not only hurting but destroying Durban, my heart, my home.
I Love Durban Fan
We hope that this gives you a true heartfelt experience of what really happened at the Peace March in Durban today and would love to hear from those that were there too.