Staff from the Khulumani National Contact Centre joined the march against xenophobia on Tuesday, 28 March 2017, a sequel to the continuing attacks on residents in our communities whose countries of origin include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Cameroon and Angola, amongst others. Most of the participants came from local civil society organisations including the African Diaspora Forum which handed over a memorandum to the Premier as well as civil rights groups, trade unions and women's organisations.
The marchers were met by Gauteng Premier, Mr David Makhura, when they reached the Library Gardens. Premier Makhura promised to pass the memorandum on to Johannesburg Mayor, Mr Herman Mashaba. Many expressed concern that the Mayor’s comments about Africans from countries outsides of South Africa, had stoked the fires of xenophobic violence in the city, with very unfortunate consequences on peoples’ lives and properties in Johannesburg.
Spokesperson for the African Diaspora Forum, Emeka Johnson explained to the crowd that that the purpose of the march had been to express the rejection of people to the xenophobic attacks that devastated individuals and their properties in Rosettenville, Johannesburg, and in Pretoria.
Mr Johnson publicly disassociated the foreign nationals attending the march from criminal actions perpetrated by some migrants. He endorsed the solidarity of the march attendees in condemning all acts of xenophobia in the country.
The Khulumani poster against xenophobia provided a backdrop to the Gauteng Premier and was shown in media coverage of the march on Soweto TV.
Pic: Mr Frans Mogajana, Khulumani Support Group. Solidarity March against Xenophobia, 28 March 2017.