People speak out against xenophobia in S Africa

The views of a cross-section of people who attended Thursday march in Durban against violent attacks against foreigners.

    Six people have died since attacks against foreign nationals began on March 30 [File: AFP]
    Six people have died since attacks against foreign nationals began on March 30 [File: AFP]

    Six people have died since attacks against foreign nationals began on March 30.

    The recent spate of attacks mirrors a previous outbreak of similar violence in South Africa in 2008 when about 60 people were killed.

    On Thursday, concerned groups and religious leaders, gathered to participate in an expected, thousand-persons march in solidarity with foreign nationals in the port city of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal where most of the latest attacks took place.

    Al Jazeera's producer Mukelwa Hlatshwayo spoke to some people who attended the march. 

    Nosipho Hadebe, Ntuzuma resident in KwaZulu-Natal

    Nosipho Hadebe [Mukelwa Hlatshwayo/Al Jazeera]

    "What I see happening in our townships is not right because the foreigners are also people and they helped us during our struggle. They should not be killed."

    Andile Thebe, 21-year-old student

    Andile Thebe [Mukelwa Hlatshwayo/Al Jazeera]

    "It's a good idea to have this march because this will get people to come back to their senses. How can one kill someone just because they are foreign, and I am glad about this march because it shows that something can be done."

    Avastha Singh, Durban resident

    Avastha Singh [Mukelwa Hlatshwayo/Al Jazeera]

    "I definitely think that it's about time people stood up for our brothers and sisters because we are Africans. It's so important to show our support because xenophobia should not be tolerated."

    Julia Daniel Vermak, Kloof resident

    Julia Daniel [Mukelwa Hlatshwayo/Al Jazeera]

    "I think is an awesome idea. It will bring more awareness but I think what we should do is name and shame. I have lived in some of those countries and I can say that they have suffered for supporting us and now we do this to them."

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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