PRESS RELEASE
13/04/2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A PEACE MARCH BY GOVERNMENT AND CONCERNED STAKEHOLDERS TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST FOREIGN NATIONALS

The government of KwaZulu-Natal and eThekwini Municipality have convened a peace march to mobilise society against the demon of xenophobia in our communities. The march, to take place on Thursday, 16/04/2015 will be led by the Premier Senzo Mchunu and Mayor James Nxumalo.

Groups representing foreign nationals, religious groups, non-government organisations and civil society have confirmed that they will be part of the march which will start from Curries Fountain at 10am and end at City Hall.

The march comes in the wake of recent spreading incidents of attacks against foreign nationals and their businesses.

Both the leadership of the province and the city are appealing to residents to work with government and law enforcement authorities in addressing the root causes of the sporadic violent attacks directed at foreign nationals.

“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.

“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.

Mayor Nxumalo echoed the Premier’s sentiment, saying both eThekwini and KwaZulu-Natal are known as tourist and investment destinations of choice.

“South Africa is an integral part of the African continent and a member of the African Union and SADC. Our success is, therefore, intertwined with collaboration with the African continent and its people,” said Nxumalo.

The march, which is expected to attract 10 000 people, will also be attended by foreign representatives and civic society leaders such as church and traditional leaders.

Both leaders announced that apart from this 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.

Ongoing consultation meetings are underway in affected communities to negotiate the reintegration of displaced foreign nationals back into the community. We appeal for calm in our communities and call on all those engaging in unlawful activities such as attacking other people and looting to stop as this is perpetuating the suffering of fellow African sisters and brothers, especially women and young children.

We call for the Spirit of Ubuntu to prevail in our communities.

ENDS

For more information contact:
Thami Ngwenya -- 060 572 9881
Tozi Mthethwa -- 083 307 9067
Gugu Mbonambi -- 079 751 4986