Workshop guards against violence

2019-11-07 06:00
Some people who attended the workshop with their certificates.

Some people who attended the workshop with their certificates.

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In an attempt to address xenophobic violence in different communities, members of Institute for Social Cohesion and Skills Development (ISCSD) in partnership with International Organisation for Migration held a human rights social cohesion and community peace building workshop at Peace Centre Information Hub in Ilitha Park on Thursday 31 October.

More than 40 people from Khayelitsha and surrounding areas attended the workshop to eliminate elements of xenophobic violence following recent attacks in Johannesburg.

ISCSD managing director Vuyo Ntlangu said the plan is to promote cohesion and peace among communities.

“We want all South Africans to welcome and accommodate our fellow brothers and sisters from other African countries as their siblings. There is no need to discriminate against them based on their countries of origin,” said Ntlangu. He said they felt it is significant to educate people about the dangers of xenophobic violence to avert the recurrence of 2008.

“We also want to empower our people with the skills of conflict resolution so they can be able to deal with it. We taught them that also the immigrants have rights like any body else in the country,” he stated.

Ntlangu also encouraged skilled immigrants to share their knowledge with the locals. “For those who came here with skills or business people they have to share their knowledge with our local people. By doing that there will be no complaints about certain people killing other people’s businesses,” he said.

Attendee Sindiswa Nqeketho described the workshop as educational. “I didn’t know that foreign people have rights in the country. It (workshop) also changes the perception that they are taking our jobs,” she said.

Nqeketho called for foreigners who illegally enter the country to be reported to the relevant authorities for deportation. After the workshop all the trainees were given certificates for their attendance.

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