Say ‘no’ to xenophobia

2015-04-29 14:11

“NO one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

These words of Madiba could not be more apt and more fitting at a time when sadly, hatred­ and violence by a limited number, manifested in KZN and other parts of South Africa.

Monday was Freedom Day, a day on which South Africans celebrated 21 years of democracy. This year the nation was tinged by the few who chose to disregard the majority who reject racism, violence and xenophobia – the majority who respect the law, the sanctity of human life and the country’s diversity.

In Greytown threats were made against foreign­ nationals. These threats resulted in 70 or so seeking refuge, which was granted by Umvoti Municipality. Some have now returned to their homes, but there are still a number being taken care of. The municipality, businesses, NGOs, supermarkets and individuals have responded by donating food, toys, water, toiletries, etc., for these whose lives have been disrupted.

On Saturday there was a large turnout at Lakhi’s sports field at the ANCKZN Cadres Forum­ for an address on “60 Years of the Freedom Charter”.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who was scheduled to speak, was overseas, the speakers were the house of Parliament speaker Baleka Mbete and KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu. Both emphasised the message “say no to xenophobia”. Highlighting Greytown as a town of peace, the Umvoti Municipality organised a peace march on Monday followed by an inter-denominational prayer meeting in Greytown Town Hall

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