Local UKZN students say ‘NO’ to xenophobia in march through campus

2015-04-18 00:00

UKZN students gathered ­together in their hundreds ­yesterday to protest against the wave of xenophobic attacks that brought Pietermaritzburg to a standstill.

More than 200 students ­together with their lecturers ­rallied together yesterday at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s ­Pietermaritzburg campus.

With anti-xenophobia placards in hand, the group made their way from the library lawn on the main campus, to the commerce section, down to ­agriculture on Carbis Road and back.

Organisers of the march said they will hold another protest next Friday, when they will march from the campus to the Office of the Premier.

One of the organisers, Sandile Kheswa, said they held the march because they were tired of nobody doing anything to prevent the xenophobic attacks.

“We think what is happening is wrong. Most foreigners have been in the country for many years. During apartheid, other countries welcomed South Africans, and now when they need us most, we are chasing their people away,” Kheswa said.

Pietermaritzburg was plagued with xenophobic violence on Wednesday this week.

Thousands of foreigners were left homeless and more than 50 foreign-owned shops were ­looted.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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