RAINBOW NATION UNITES AGAINST XENOPHOBIA
By: Sandile Eugene Lukhozi
Hundreds of South African citizens flocked to Curries Fountain Sport ground on Tuesday to support their fellow Africans, in a march against the attacks on foreign nationals in Durban.
The march, from Curries Fountain to Durban City Hall, was attended by President Jacob Zuma’s wife Thobeka OkaMadiba Zuma, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu, State Security Minister David Mahlobo, parliamentarians of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature and religious leaders.
Mchunu shared his disappointment with the xenophobic attacks. He urged South Africans to stop attacks on foreign nationals.
“We acknowledge that the image of the country has been destroyed in the last few days and things have gone from good to very bad. In democracy there are two things- one is your right, two is your responsibility.
This city (Durban) is a city for everyone. We call upon the people of KwaZulu-Natal and people of South Africa to stop Xenophobia,” Mchunu said.
Thobeka Madiba-Zuma showed her sadness with the people of South Africa. She said people like Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Steve Biko would be upset to see a situation like this happening.
Anglican Church Bishop Rubin Phillip said xenophobia is a crime.
“We must fight xenophobia. You must say no to xenophobia. You must not commit crime. You must not perpetrate violence,” urged Phillip.
Senzo Mchunu read a pledge to marchers. It was later signed by all the dignitaries who were present at the march.
The marchers were entertained with music from Andile KaMajola and Tizozo. Television personalities who showed their support at the march included Nani Mngoma, Black coffee, Phuzekhemisi, Ngizwenkosi Mchunu of Ukhozi FM.