Youth in action against xenophobia

2016-03-18 06:00
Photo: siphelele nketo The foreign national football team (in red) with the youth league team (in yellow) at the friendly last Saturday.

Photo: siphelele nketo The foreign national football team (in red) with the youth league team (in yellow) at the friendly last Saturday.

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FOREIGN nationals in Kokstad felt welcome when the youth organised a march against xenophobic recently.

Last Saturday the African National Congress Youth League in the city campaigned against the dislike of foreigners. After the youth entered the city a group of foreign nationals went to the Kokstad stadium for a friendly football game with youth league members (in the first game foreign nationals won 5-0).

Issac Frimpong (42), who is married to a South African woman said the youth showed the love they need as foreign nationals.

"This social cohesion is not going to end today. After this march and game we feel more than welcome in the country. We are going to live in peace after a long time of living in fear.”

Another foreign national Fredric­ Otuoserebour (21), told the Fever­: "My friends left the town [because of xenophobia] and others left the country after the attacks last year and it was not nice to see our home brothers lose their shops, but today I am happy to see South Africans showing their love for us."

Football coach Paul Koomson, who has lived in Kokstad for give years said these games will not end because this is the start of new beginnings.

"Clashing with South Africans brought unity among us and some Kokstad teams want some of my players after seeing their potential.”

The youth league also handed over prizes to game winners. Former youth league national secretary Sindiso Magaqa was among those who participated in the campaign.

ANC mobilising organiser Ntobeko Mavuka said, "Our blood is red and we are all black, let us love each other. South Africans must give foreign nationals a place to live peacefully in communities."


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