King Zwelithini to host imbizo at Moses Mabhida

2015-04-20 05:33
King Goodwill Zwelithini. (City Press)

King Goodwill Zwelithini. (City Press)

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Johannesburg – Initiatives to snuff out the simmering xenophobic violence will be spearheaded by Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s imbizo with traditional leaders in Durban on Monday.

A total of 10 000 people, including Amakhosi, Izinduna and Amabutho (regiments) were expected to gather at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The imbizo was initially scheduled to be hosted at Curries Fountain Stadium, but has since been moved to Moses Mabhida to accommodate a possible influx from the 10 000 anticipated crowd.

While Zwelithini meets with the Amakhosi in KwaZulu-Natal, expelled Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi will brief the media on the People’s March Against Xenophobia scheduled for Thursday in Johannesburg.

Organisers of the march expect over 30 000 people to participate as they show solidarity with foreign nationals targeted in the violence.

Representatives from social justice networks, trade unions, NGOs and the corporate sector are set to take part in the event.

Shame, shock

Thursday’s briefing will be attended by deputy chairperson of the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) Pregs Govender, Wits University vice chancellor Adam Habib and bishop Paul Verryn.

“The recent xenophobic attacks that have gripped South Africa have shamed the country, and sent shockwaves far beyond our borders,” organisers said in a statement.

“The attacks present a picture of South Africans to the world that suggests we are barbaric, violent and murderous.

“Representatives from social justice networks, trade unions, NGOs and the corporate sector have met to agree upon an appropriate response to these events, and to show solidarity with foreign nationals targeted in the violence and who remain at risk.”

Meanwhile, University of Johannesburg staff and students will take to the street on Monday when they hold a march from its Auckland Park Kingsway campus to the Brixton police station.

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