Ugu joins the fight against xenophobia

2015-04-30 14:59

THE leadership of Ugu District Municipality, led by Mayor Cllr Ntombifikile Gumede, has vehemently condemned the recent attacks on foreign nationals which have taken place in some parts of our province.

During the mayor’s address in the IDP/Budget roadshows across the district, she called upon communities to guard against this scourge that affects our fellow Africans.

All communities within the district are urged to rally behind our values as South Africans, that of ubuntu, and non-discrimination on the grounds of race, gender and ethnic origin­.

It is these values that inspire us as a country to work towards peace around the world and to be a nation in peace with itself and its neighbours.

This year, we also celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter which underpins our country’s democratic constitution.

It emphasises that South Africa belongs to all who live in it thereby promoting a common citizenship, a common future and a common destiny for all.

During this third decade of freedom and democracy, we should not lose sight of the sacrifices and selfless support from Africa and the world during our struggle for liberation.

The district municipality has joined forces with other organs of state in an effort to mobilise communities against xenophobic attacks and in ensure that our district and its people­ do not become victims of this horrendous act.

It is our view that the attacks on foreign­ nationals represent criminal elements bent on taking advan- tage of vulnerable members of the community to serve their criminal ends, and they shall be treated as such.

Let us remember that we are a district that promotes working together to create an environment that is friendly, responsive, accountable, effective and efficient for local communities

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