Xenophobia victims remembered

xenopobia_protestJOHANNESBURG - As South Africa commemorates Human rights Day, victims of 2008 xenophobic attacks were remembered and it was said that the incident should never be allowed to resurface. (Pictured A protest against the xenophobic violence that erupted in South Africa)

The announcement was made at Johannesburg Civic Centre when people from all nationalities gathered to commemorate human rights on Sunday. Dudu Bojosi from the Johannesburg Human Development department told the gathering to remember those died during xenophobic attacks of 2008. She said: Just as we remember how we suffered at the hands of the apartheid government we stand accused of doing the similar thing. We are perpetrators of the barbaric xenophobic attacks. We have to be merciful to the immigrants. Theses people assisted us during the liberation struggle and we should accommodate them.

Dudu added that such inhuman incidents like a xenophobic attacks must never be allowed to rear their ugly heads again. The president of the Youth for Human Rights, Tony Mathipa, also called on all those present to be responsible in our interactions between South Africans and foreigners.

Mathiba said: Empty tins make a lot of noise. Why do we think that Zimbabweans and other immigrants come to steal our jobs and settle for less money? Perpetrators of xenophobia are misinformed. Let us improve the African continent and change the generation of today.

Mathipa called on the gathering to change their perception about foreigners and treat them in a humane manner. Sonto Tshishong from the migrant help desk echoed the similar sentiments. She said her department tried to bring about cohesion between immigrants and South Africans. She said they held awareness campaigns and talked about the evils of xenophobia which she said must be buried six feet down forever.

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