Peace marchers say ‘no’ to xenophobia

2015-05-13 06:00
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Linking arms and marching together to shout the message loud and clear, ‘say no to xenophobia’.

PHOTO: supplied Linking arms and marching together to shout the message loud and clear, ‘say no to xenophobia’.

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THEY came from across all communities to take part in the peace march in Greytown on Freedom Day, 27 April. Lining up at the Bell Street bridge the march was led by Umvoti Mayor Councillor Thami Ngubane.

Marchers peacefully made their way to the Greytown Town Hall to pray and listen to the experiences of representatives of the 70 or so foreign nationals who had originally sought refuge from xenophobic threats.

Representatives of different nationalities, who have been living in the community, expressed their concerns as they detailed how they had suffered. They expressed gratitude to Umvoti Municipality and the many groups and individuals who had rallied­ around to support them during this traumatic time.

In his keynote address the Mayor reminded­ people that Africa was one united continent where the values of ubuntu should be practised by everyone - all the time.

Church leaders and faith leaders spoke passionately about the negative impact of xenophobia and how vital it is for everyone to respect each other and live in harmony. Prayers were said by all.

One of the organisers, Oscar Zondi, said that Africa Day celebrations were being planned for the end of May to be followed by a mayoral imbizo in order to draft the way forward

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