Durban to host peace march

2015-04-16 05:31
Around 2000 people were involved in a standoff with police in Durban city centre this week. (Joe Stolley, News24)

Around 2000 people were involved in a standoff with police in Durban city centre this week. (Joe Stolley, News24)

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Durban - Durban will host a peace march on Thursday after almost a week of clashes between police, locals and foreigners in the CBD and surrounding areas left five people dead.

The march is expected to start at Curries Fountain at 10:00 and to be led by religious and political leaders.

They plan to lead the march to the Ethekwini City hall where statements will be made against the events of the past week which included a car being set alight in the CBD, shots being fired and tear gas cannisters released.

Shaka Sisulu tweeted: ''Here are details of tomorrow's Peace March in Durban. We'll have a bus going overnight to join it. Who's coming?''

He tweeted a copy of a march flyer with KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu and mayor James Nxumalo inviting ''all citizens of KwaZulu-Natal'' to join the peace march against violence directed at foreign nationals.

Lead SA tweeted pictures of people boarding the "'peace bus'' to Durban and others on Twitter encouraged more people to join the march.

‘This must stop’

In addition to the march, President Jacob Zuma has called for calm in a series of broadcasts on public radio and television on Wednesday afternoon and evening.

'I think this now must stop, because we cannot continue killing one another," said Zuma.

Independent online reported that Zuma would also make a statement in Parliament on xenophobic attacks at 14:00.

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega said at least 800 police officers had been posted around Durban and KwaZulu-Natal to prevent further confrontations, and in Johannesburg the police and metro police said they would also be monitoring to keep everybody in the city safe.

Incidents of stone throwing and an Ethiopian man having a brick thrown at him were reported in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Hate speech charge

Meanwhile, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini faces another human rights violation charge after the Western Cape organiser of the SA National Defence Union laid a complaint against him on Wednesday with the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) over reported comments of him calling on immigrants to pack their bags and go.

In spite of calls for calm, a group of about 20 foreigners arrived at the Primrose police station on Wednesday asking for protection from police, saying they were scared.

Temporary camps have been set up parts of KwaZulu-Natal to house those displaced by the violence, but the SAHRC said the conditions there were not good.

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