The KZN Government and eThekwini Metro confirmed that there were no incidents of violence directed at foreign nationals over the past two days.
Instead foreign nationals voluntarily reported at the interim shelters across the city requesting to be assisted by the Department of Home Affairs to return to their home countries.
It is pleasing to note that calm and peace has been restored in most previously affected communities, and that those who want to go back home had time to pack their belongings and make their way to shelters.
The government attributed this positive development to the community’s high level of consciousness sparked by a series of awareness campaigns, including the massive Peace March that was held in Durban, police visibility and arrests of some of the perpetrators.
The government has also received reports that displaced foreign nationals arriving at the interim shelters in large numbers want to return home, and are not fleeing because they are still being attacked in their communities.
Last night, 300 more foreign nationals arrived at the Isipingo shelter with their furniture and belongings, in the hope of being repatriated to their countries.
Love and Help has been Pouring in from Hundreds of People
There has been an amazing response by communities, religious organisations, community organisations and the general public who have been contributing blankets, clothes, food, essential items and their time to helping the victims at the relief camps all around the city.
One of the people that showed their love and support was Lakota Schultz, who shared her pic with us on her Instagram account. We were moved not only by the two car loads of clothes, blankets, toiletries and non-perishable foods, but how she reached out to the kids and gave them cricket bats and balls to play with.
“There are so many stories out there about the violence and the ugliness, but hardly anything about the communities who are coming out in hundreds to help. There are way more good stories than bad and we should be actively promoting this.”, she said.
We salute the hundreds of people that have rallied together to help these victims in their desperate time of need.
Chairperson of the joint KwaZulu-Natal Government and eThekwini Metro task team charged with addressing issues around the reintegration, MEC Willies Mchunu, today said the province is stable and there have been no reports of violence in the past two days.
Mchunu who is also the MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison called on everyone to be responsible and stop circulating false information on social media.
“There are hoax smses going around and creating more pandemonium than the actual attacks. The reality is that no new incidents are flaring up. They (foreign nationals) are going to shelters because they heard that there are buses taking them home and they want to go home,” he said.
Addressing foreign nationals at the Chatsworth interim shelter yesterday, President Jacob Zuma said that South Africa did not want a situation where citizens from other countries in the region were looking at each other in a hostile manner.
“If there is a problem like this, it is our job as leaders to fix it. Many South Africans are saying we are staying together in peace,” he said.
While speaking in Parliament President Zuma said: “South African people need to know that when we were fighting to liberate this country, we went to countries of our African brothers and sisters, they helped liberate us. We will never forget this. That is why we want to fix what has gone wrong.”
The situation is being monitored on an hourly basis.
King Goodwill Zwelithini to address over 10 000 people tomorrow
The preparations for an Imbizo to be addressed by King Zwelithini tomorrow, Monday 20 April 2015, are proceeding smoothly. This was confirmed by the cooperative governance and traditional affairs department.
A total of 10 000 people including Amakhosi, Izinduna and Amabutho (regiments) are expected to descend to Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban for the King’s Imbizo.
Initially the Imbizo was scheduled to be hosted at Curries Fountain stadium but has since been moved to Moses Mabhida to accommodate a possible influx from the 10 000 anticipated crowd.
Details for the Imbizo are as follows:
Date: Monday, 20 April 2015
Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium
Time: Community will start arriving at 09H00
Transport including buses, trains and taxis have been organised to ferry communities to the stadium.
Source: eThekwini Communications Department