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XENOPHOBIA IS A STUMBLING BLOCK TO NATION BUILDING

By admin
15 April 2015

The Minister of Arts & Culture has condemned the violent attacks on foreign nationals that are taking place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

The Minister of Arts & Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa has condemned the violent attacks on foreign nationals that are taking place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

Mthethwa has called on all citizens of this country to be active citizens that will work together to fight all forms of prejudice and stereotypes.

In a significant development, Mthethwa said the Department of Arts and Culture will host a special month-long cultural program to use arts, culture and heritage to build unity in communities and forge closer relations among all people who live in this country.

The Africa Month cultural celebrations have the theme We are Africa – Opening the doors of culture from Cape to Cairo will take place from 1 May 2015.

Over 31 countries will send artists from various genres to participate at the inaugural festival.

“We are saddened by the violence that seems to target almost exclusively non-South Africans in our country.

“As a Department that leads and promotes nation building and social cohesion, we discourage any form of violence and hate speech that violates the human rights of people who are part of our society, irrespective of their background, race or place of origin.

“We appeal to all people to seek peaceful means to resolutions of their challenges. We believe that arts and culture can contribute to national discourse and help us appreciate that what binds us is far more important than what divides us.

“The unrest that has erupted in KwaZulu-Natal in the past few days is a serious blight on our efforts to build a society that is at peace with itself,” said Mthethwa.