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Thousands to participate in anti-xeno march

People have started arriving at the Curries Fountain stadium in Durban for the Peace March asking for peace in the Durban area and KwaZulu-Natal province, which is engulfed by xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals. Picture: Phumlani Thabethe. Date: 16 April 2015

People have started arriving at the Curries Fountain stadium in Durban for the Peace March asking for peace in the Durban area and KwaZulu-Natal province, which is engulfed by xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals. Picture: Phumlani Thabethe. Date: 16 April 2015

Thousands of South Africans, including celebrities on Thursday turned up for a march in the Durban Central Business District protesting against the attacks on foreign nationals living around the City.

Durban-born music giant, DJ Tira, televison and radio personality, Zanele Mbokazi, Tsonga musician, Penny Penny and former generation actress, Zikhona Sodlaka, were among the crowd participating in the march that will start from the Curries Fountain Stadium to the City Hall in the next 30 minutes.

“We are here to send a message to the perpetrators that their conduct is unacceptable – we will not allow them to turn our country into a laughing stock in the eyes of the World,” Penny Penny, said.

Sodlaka, who was sporting a white T-shirt embossed with anti-xenophobia messages, said the march will serve as a reminder to the perpetrators that South Africa is not an island.

“While we live in a geographic space, we are part of the global village and as such cannot be attacking our own brothers and sisters simply because they were born outside South Africa’s borders,” she said.

Other prominent people to be part of the march include KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Senzo Mchunu, State Security Minister, David Mahlobo and a host of representatives from across political parties.

Foreign nationals, some of whom have fled to refugees camps, are currently under attack in various spots around Durban after their businesses were looted.
The violence, which initially had been restricted to Durban’s surrounding townships such as Umlazi and Kwamashu, this week spread to the Durban CBD.

Five people have died since the violence broke out three weeks ago

 

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