Local pastor condemns xenophobia

2017-03-10 06:02

A KOKSTAD pastor and a TV presenter Sheik Phiri condemns the recent attacks on fellow Africans in the country and is calling for peace and tolerance in South African communities.

In Gauteng foreign-owned shops have been looted and people accused foreigners of taking their jobs and businesses. They also accused them of selling drugs and prostitution.
Phiri is a motivational speaker and a philanthropist in Kokstad. He currently presents the Sheik Phiri Show which airs on ITV station (channel 347 on DStv) every Sunday.

He said the borders of Africa are man-made and people must love each other no matter which country they come from.
“If people are suspecting foreigners of selling drugs they must report it to the police and not cause chaos in communities.”
“The country is facing a problem with young people who are using a drug called nyaope and prostitution is increasing in townships. At the border gates there is tight security whereby foreigners are searched before entering in the country, but I believe that all of them should not be treated like suspects.

“South Africans are treated well in other countries and they even own businesses.”
“These attacks must come to an end because former president Nelson Mandela married an African woman from Mozambique which shows that we must unite.”

The pastor said people are one before God so we should love each other regardless of where we come from. He said people must go back to their roots and promote the spirit of ubuntu.


Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.


Play with your pet when you're not at home

Many pets are alone at home during the week while their owners are at work. So what do these animals get up to while they’re home alone?



How to get rid of fleas
12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.