Anti-xenophobia campaign

down_with_xenophobiaJOHANNESBURG Civil rights groups here have intensified their efforts to stop xenophobic attacks, threats of which continue to grow in some of South Africas poorest suburbs. (Pictured: A banner to raise awareness of xenophobia in South Africa.)

The Southern Africa Womens Institute for Migration Affairs (SAWIMA), ACTION Support Centre (ACTION) and Population Council, which are organising a soccer match between Bulawayo-based Zimbabwean Premiership giants, Highlanders, and South African First Division side, Jomo Cosmos, said this week that preparations for the match dubbed Ubuntu Derby, were at an advanced stage.

The match, to be pre-ambled by various activities showcasing cultural activities, drama, poetry music and traditional dances, is slated for July 25 at Johannesburg stadium. Various political and religious leaders have also been pencilled into the programme to preach the gospel of tolerance and co-existence among Africans living in South Africa.

With fears that the violence could return anytime, the civil rights organizations revealed that they were moving swiftly to try and prevent it.

We are currently in the process of printing fliers and posters with a detailed program of events, said Philani Ndebele, a spokesman for the events organisers.

He added that funds raised through ticket sales will be used to sponsor vulnerable children, skills development, and repatriation programs, as well as to continue with rest of the activities planned to take forward the campaign.

He commended the South African Human Rights Commission, UNHCHR and South African Police Service for initiating a programme that focuses on xenophobia.

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