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Crowds of locals attempt to disrupt 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

Mobs attempting to disrupt Thursday’s anti-xenophobia march in the Durban Central Business District (CBD) clashed with police and protesters in the City.

Shortly after the marchers who had departed from the Curries Fountain Stadium at around 13HOO, had reached Yusuf Dadoo Street, groups of locals had been waiting on the side of the Street attempting to block the protesters. However, the group fled after police had intervened. In Prixley Ka Seme Street, another group of locals also attempted to disrupt the march but police were quick to act.

The marchers, consisting mainly of South Africans eventually managed to reach the Durban City Hall from where they will be addressed by government leaders, including KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Senzo Mchunu.

Celebrities such as South African music giant, DJ Tira, television and radio personality, Zanele Mbokazi, Tsonga musician, Penny Penny and former generation actress, Zikhona Sodlaka, were among the crowd which was participating in the march.

The march follows a spate of xenophobic attacks around Durban in the last three weeks, where foreign nationals were attacked and their shops looted.

The violence, which initially had been restricted to Durban surrounding townships such as Umlazi and Kwamashu, this week spread to the Durban CBD.

Five people have already died since the violence broke out.

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