Mayors join march against xenophobia

2008-06-03 00:00

The anti-xenophobia march organised by the uMkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) went off smoothly in the city yesterday as a few passers-by shouted racist chants and called on foreigners to return “home”.

Foreign nationals and community members joined Msunduzi Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo and uMgungundlovu District Mayor Yusuf Bhamjee in the march, which proceeded peacefully from Pietermaritzburg Station into Langalibalele Street and ended in front of the Legislature. There they handed a memorandum to Chris Mlotshwa, manager in the KZN Speaker’s office.

Reading the memorandum, MKMVA chairman Babsy Sithole said that the organisation should condemn xenophobic attacks and the displacement of foreign nationals.

“These countries hosted us as exiles from South Africa. Some of the MK cadres still stay in these countries. Their countries were bombed, destroyed due to our presence, and their economies have been affected up to this day,” said Sithole.

He said the exiles acquired skills from the African continent that allowed them to become doctors, engineers and soldiers.

The chairperson of the UKZN Young Communist League branch, Thembinkosi Zondi, called on the department of Safety and Security to engage communities urgently in affected areas and deal harshly with those behind the xenophobic attacks.

thandom@witness.co.za

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