Xenophobia has no place in SA - Lotteries Board

2015-04-23 15:41
A Somali shopowner gets ready to leave his general dealer following looting and violence in Durban. (Jeff Wicks, News24)

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2015-04-23 13:26

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Johannesburg - The National Lotteries Board (NLB) on Thursday condemned the recent spate of xenophobic attacks, saying South Africans have a duty to promote a positive image of the country.

"Since the dawn of democracy, issues of diversity and cultural development in the country have been at the heart of NLB’s mandate of social responsibility and nation building. The brutal killings of foreign nationals on South African soil risk the good work and promotion of peace, which has been accomplished over the years," NLB CEO Charlotte Mampane said in a statement.

Mampane said the NLB acknowledged that the appreciation of diversity amongst Africans should be embraced.

“Given the history of this nation, South Africans have a duty to promote a positive imagery that celebrates social cohesion and peace, which are essential for the country’s stability," she said.

“As an institution whose mission is to be a catalyst for change, we stand firmly against xenophobic attacks and urge the public to raise their voice against these merciless killings."

The recent attacks which flared up in parts of KwaZulu-Natal, and later moved to Gauteng, have left at least seven people dead and thousands displaced.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Tuesday that the army would be sent into areas where there had been xenophobic attacks.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau and expelled Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi attended an anti-xenophobic march in the city on Thursday.

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