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ANTI-ZENOPHOBIA UPDATE

Introduction

This is to update all the stakeholders and the role-players about the recent spate of xenophobic related attacks and situation in shelters in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and off late the Eastern Cape.

Howick Shelter

About twelve (12) adult refugees remain in this shelter after some have voluntarily left for the reintegration. The situation remains tense between these refugees and their host Sharon. It should be remembered that the misunderstandings erupted between the two after series of allegations from each side. Both KZNCC and the police intervened but no solution was found. Sharon has a restraining order (they are barred from coming near Sharon) against the refugees. She’s also working on the plan to evict all the refugees from the farm claiming that the relationship is unrepairable.

KZNCC had some discussions with United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) as well as Refugee Social Services (RSS) about the situation in Howick and what could be done. The two agents are of the view that they have done everything possible to persuade the refugees to consider reintegrated back to communities where they were or to new communities. They feel that there’s nothing more that they can do. They said the refugees know where to find them if they have changed their minds. Their conclusion is that in case refugees turn violent and break the law, the law should take its course.  KZNCC will continue to engage relevant stakeholders and authorities to find the long-term solution. 

Cato-Ridge Shelter

It is reported that the refugees in Cato Ridge are now divided into two camps following some disagreements. The source of the disagreement is yet to be confirmed however the rumour has it that one group would like to move out of the shelter whilst the other still would like to stay. The farm owner has reacted by moving the one group to the top.

KZNCC was approached by the farm owner checking if an alternative accommodation could be found for the group willing to move. The KZNCC’s position is that a plan could be drawn if the group wants to be integrated to communities but not when they want to create another shelter. The farm owner is speaking with the group about this.

Grahamstown (Eastern Cape)

We received a report that there were xenophobic attacks which took place in a certain township of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. We read from the report that these attacks emanate from the recent crime incidents that took place in Grahamstown, where people’s body parts were removed.

The report continue to say that the local NGO Masifunde Education and Development Project Trust sensitized the police of the possibilities of these xenophobic attacks and asked them to convene meetings in the township and inform the communities that this crime was not committed by our brothers and sisters who are from other parts of the continent. They say the police refused to do so.

It is reported that some community member had to stand between the bricks and the shops that were being attacked whilst our brothers were inside the shops. The said NGO condemned the police for not taking an action during and after these incidents.
For more information on this particular story please contact: Nomonde Waka KalipaMasifunde Education and Development Project Trust at 078 7355 269

Georgedale (Hammersdale)

We also received another report that xenophobic attacks broke in the Georgedale (area within Hammersdale near Mpumalanga Township) after a young man (aged 22) was stabbed to death. It is alleged that this matriculant of Phezulu High School was killed by a foreign national who resides in the area after alleging that the deceased had robbed him.

It is reported that some local community members looted the shops of the foreign nationals in the incident interpreted and ‘revenge’.

KZNCC spoke to the Ward Councillor (Mr. Sosibo) in an attempt to get more clarity on the ground. However the Councillor did not know anything except what he read on the newspaper. KZNCC also spoke to the local Police (Merger Ndlovu) who confirmed the incident but denied that there was looting which took place.

KZNCC will visit the area before the end of the day to find out facts about the situation. We undertake to give more information in our next update.

In the meantime we are requesting everybody to be calm and those with power and authority to work with one another in finding solutions. We specifically calling our faith-based organisations, Church Leaders and the ecumenical movement as a whole to support us in this fight against this unnecessary scourge through prayers and their presence where possible.

For more information please contact the KZNCC Offices in Pietermaritzburg through

Musa Zakwe 033 345 4819 / 083 983 3524.

 

 

What we need you to know about the inci-dents of looting, public violence and the serial killer rumours in Grahamstown
SAPS dispel rumours and ask for community assistance

On Wednesday 21 October Grahamstown witnessed widespread looting. People doing the looting said they wanted to do this to chase foreigners out of town. They said they believed foreigners were involved in recent murders in Grahamstown. People are still talking like this in the community; taxis and on social media.

The South African Police Service says: There are no serial killers in Grahamstown. There are no “body parts” murders happening in Grahamstown There has been no genital mutilation on any of the bodies found in Grahamstown.
No foreign national is a suspect or has been arrested in connection with the bodies found. There is no link be-tween foreign nationals in Grahamstown and the deaths being investigated.

The Bodies
SAPS have found several bodies in Grahamstown and Joza in the past six months. Some of these were female. But some bodies were exposed for such a long time and badly decomposed that it was impossible to tell if they were male or female.
Most of the bodies have been found since September. Most of them were decomposed. There has been no genital mutilation on any of the bodies. SAPS have not found a single fridge or receptacle with genitals in it, male or female.
The police are awaiting laboratory test results to help with ongoing investigations. The Spaza Shops
The spaza shops are still closed We have and will continue to arrest looters involved in xenophobic and unlawful attacks on shops. Members of the community are now travelling to town to buy airtime, electricity and other basics.
The Schools No child was forcefully removed, targeted or kidnapped from any school in Grahamstown last week.
Residents who felt threatened by the looting and intimidation took their children and left town for their own safety. Some of those who left are shop owners.

SAPS say that children should be allowed to attend school as usual because there is no reason to be concerned for the safety of our children.

SAPS Appeals To The Community:

Don’t Spread Rumours
To make arrests and solve the cases, the police need members of the public to come forward with proper evidence. If you are suspicious about a person or an activity, report it to the police immediately.

Call the police at 046 – 603 9262 (Capt Gouws) or 046 – 602 2710 (Sgt Kuhlane) or go to the Joza or Grahamstown police station.

Be Part Of The Solution
Talk to your neighbours and friends. Spread the word that stealing from shops is illegal and they will be arrest-ed.
Don’t use hate speech against people who may appear different from you.

Help the police keep your area safe by working with them.
Do not believe the stories and rumours. Rather check with SAPS at Joza or Grahamstown and confirm infor-mation in this regard.

 

 
Amanqaku abalulekileyo ekfuneka abahlali bewazile malunga. Ngokuthathwa kweempahla kwivenkile,
ngezikrelemenqa ezibulala ngoku phinda phindeneyo, udlame ekuhlaleni apha eRhini

 
Isicelo Sampolisa Kubantu Base Rhini
Ngolwesithathu umhla we 21st October 2015 abahlali base rhini bebe thatha kwanto kwiivenkile zabantu abavela kumazwe an-gaphandle. Abahlali bathe isizathu soku ibikukugxotha abemi bangaphandle, kuba bekholelwa ukuba ngabo ababulala okanye ababandakanyeka kubulawo lwabantu erhini. Lentetha iyathetheka mihla le akuhlaleni, kwi taxi nakwi cellphones ( Facebook and Whatsapp)
Amapolisa Omzantis Afrika Aphefumla Ngelith I:
Akukho zikrelemnqa zibulala ngokuphinda phindeneyo apha erhini.
Akukho zidumbu zisikwe amalungu omzimba wangasese.
Akukhange kubekho zidumbu zisikwe amalungu omzimba apah erhini.
Akukho mrhanelwa okanye mntu ubanjiweyo malunga nezizidumbu zifumanekileyo.
Abantu abavela kumazwe angaphandle aakukabikho nto ibadibanisa okanye ibababndakanya nokubulawa kwabantu apha erhini.
Inkcazelo Evela Kumapolisa Omzantsi Afrika Ithi:
Imizimba
Amaplisa afumane imizimba eliqela erhini nase joza kwezinyanga zintandathu zigqithileyo.
Eminye kule mizimba yeyomama.
Eminye imizimba yafumaneka yonakele, asabi nako ukuyehlula noba yeyotata okanye oomama. Uninzi lwayo yafunyanwa ngo september.
Zange sabona kuthathwe lungu langasese kulo mizimba yonke.
Imizimba iye yathunyelwa kwisebe locwaningo mizimba for uphando.
Iivenkile ( Spaza Shops)
Zisavuliwe zonke.
Amapolisa asezakuqhubeka ebamba bonke abantu abthatha impahla yezi venikle ngokungekho mthethweni.
Abantu bokuhlala bathenga umbane, airtime, nezinye izinto edolophini. Kuyasokoleka.
Izikolo
Akukho mntana wasikolo okhe wathatwa ngenkani esikolweni kwizikolo zase rhini.
Abantu abafumana basexhaleni ngenx yokuthuthwa kwempahla yabantu bokufika , baye abthatha abantwana babo ezikol-weni ngokubasindisa engozini enokuhla.
Amapolisa athi , abantwana mabavunyelwe ngegunya labo. Abantwana mabaye esikolweni ngoba akho sizathu soba bangavunyelwa.
Isicelo Samapolisa Kubahlali
Yohlukanani “nondiva” nokuthetha into ongenabungqina bayo.
Amapolisa adinga uncedo lwenu bantu bokuhlala ukuze abambe okanye asombulule amatyala alwoluhlobo.
Uncedo olufunekayo lolomntu onolwazi ncakasana ngalomkhwa wokubulawa kwabantu ngolu hlobo nitsho ngalo.
Ololwazi maluthunyelwe kwezi nombolo zilandelayo : 046- 6039262 (Capt Gouws), 046-6022710 ( Sgt Kuhlane), okanye Jo-za / Grahamstown police station.
Yiba Yinxalenye Yesisombululo
Ncokola nomakhelwane , nabangane bakho, usasaze ulwazi oluthi akukho mthethweni ukuba ukutya kwabafiki, kwaye abo bathe bafunyanwa bekubile, ingalo yomthetho iyosebenza ngabo.
Ungasasazi ulwimi oluphembelela ingxabano neyantlukwano.
Ncedisa amapolisa kuphulo lokwakha ukhuseleko kwingingqi zethu.
Thatha ubungqina kumapolisa ase joza nase rhini ngakumbi enobulawo lwabantu bathathelwe impahla yasebukhweni

 

Unemployed People’s Movement Press Statement
Statement on the Crisis in Grahamstown


While the students were making history in Grahamstown, and around the country, and giving us all new hope, shopkeepers from Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Pakistan, Somalia came under sustained attack.  The attacks are continuing this morning. When they started on Wednesday only Muslim migrants were being targeted. By last night the attacks had spread to include all shopkeepers from other countries. A Nigerian shopkeeper lost everything last night.

In recent months six bodies have been found in open ground, five of them women. The women were found naked and had been raped. One of the bodies had been mutilated. The police do not suspect a serial killer. There was also an attempted rape at the Engen garage in Beaufort Street.
 People have been scared and rumours have been running high. The rumours have said that all the bodies were mutilated, that more bodies have been found and have blamed the murders on a shopkeeper from Pakistan. It was rumoured that body parts were being stored in his fridge. All the men that attempted to rape the woman at the Engen Garage were South African but it was rumoured that they had been sent by this same man. People started to speak of what they believed was a serial killer as ‘an Arab’, a ‘man with a beard’. They then started to blame all the Muslim shopkeepers including people from Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Somalia.

On the 30th of September the Unemployed Peoples’ Movement raised this matter with the police and the municipality on the anti-corruption march. We urgently requested their intervention. After the march we went to the Grahamstown police station to raise the issue again. However the police failed to intervene. They did not act to dispel the rumours that were rapidly escalating. On the 12th of October a meeting was held at the Magistrate’s Court with Mr. Van Vuuren, the Chief Magistrate, and Colonel Cassim, the Station Commander in Joza. Van Vuuren asked the police to act. However the police did nothing. The following day the Unemployed Peoples’ Movement went to the Grahamstown police station and spoke to Mali Govender, the police spokesperson, and Colonel Nel. We raised the issue of potential xenophobia attacks and requested intervention. Once again the police failed to take any action.

There was also a march organised by Extension Nine and Transit Camp. They were acting as residents but the Unemployed Peoples’ Movement supported the march. They marched to the Joza Police Station and the Magistrate’s Court to demand that the police must move swiftly on the issue of crime. They were responding to fear caused by the murders and to fear caused by the rumours. Once again the police failed to take any action.

On the 21st of October, while the students were waiting to get permission for their march, the taxi associations organised a protest. They started at the Grahamstown Police Station and proceeded to the City Hall. Some people had ‘They Must Go’ and ‘They Must Burn’ painted on their taxis. Some of the people at the march said that if the mayor didn’t come out they would attack the ‘amakwerekwere’.
The attacks started in town, on Bathurst Street, immediately after the march. The Unemployed Peoples’ Movement confronted the attackers straight away. The police allowed the attacks to continue.

They police allowed the looters to proceed to the township. They instructed people not to harm the owners but allowed them to loot freely. Members of the Unemployed Peoples’ Movement defended one shop in Joza. They asked the police for support. The police left one officer there but he did not stop the looting. Some police officers did make some attempts to save some shops but not enough officers and cars were allocated and they were not able to stop the looting. A number of arrests were made. The looting continued all night. Two shopkeepers were injured. The police could have stopped it if they had really wanted to but they just didn’t take what was happening seriously.

Many of the displaced shopkeepers gathered at a location out of town. They counted that more than 300 shops were looted. In many cases the fridges, roofs and all the personal possessions of the shopkeepers, including their IDs, were taken. They estimated that 500 people had been displaced. The wives of the shopkeepers have complained that no one mentions them in all the discussions. Around forty women remained in town. They are spending their time together and when they do go out they do not feel able to wear clothing that will identify them as Muslim. They are still receiving threats.

The looting continued on Thursday. At a meeting called by the Unemployed Peoples’ Movement a request was made for the police to offer protection to the displaced people gathered out of town. The police agreed to this but did not send anyone to protect them.

On Thursday evening an ANC Councillor, Mabhuti Matyumza, called a meeting. He told the coloureds to leave and said he would only speak Xhosa. They left under pressure. During the question time he gave an assurance that the ‘foreigners’ would all go.

During the night two hundred of the people gathered out of town, fearing an attack and without police protection, fled Grahamstown.

The looting continued on Friday. The people behind the looting also spread new rumours. Some people were told that the ‘foreign’ shopkeepers were coming to attack children in township schools.  Other people were told that a xenophobic mob was coming to schools looking for Muslim children.  There were no actual incidences but parents were asked to withdraw children from school for their safety.

At two in the afternoon a meeting was held at the City Hall, chaired by the Speaker. The Acting City Manager and the Mayor were on the platform. The police did not bother to attend. The meeting was a farce. They were entirely sectarian insisting that the only people who should act were the Municipality, SANCO and the police. No attempt at all was made to deal with the urgent issues of the displaced people and the ongoing attacks. A DA Councillor, Marcella Booysen, said that ‘there were too many’ shopkeepers from other countries and that they must not all be allowed back. She said that South Africans need these businesses. Another DA Councillor, Leena May, spoke very well and strongly against xenophobia.

Representatives from the shopkeepers were present. They made it clear that they did not wish to be referred to as foreigners as they were now living in South Africa. This was mostly ignored. They raised various urgent practical matters. These were ignored. It was not possible to have an open and honest discussion about what had gone wrong, or what needed to be done. The meeting was an insult and a waste of time.

That night a student phoned the police to report a threat to one of the shopkeepers’ wives. They told her to stop taking rumours seriously and offered no help. Looting continued on Friday night and it has continued this morning. On Friday night an old man who asked some young men where they got the goods they were trying to sell was assaulted. Other community members, men and women, intervened to stop the assault.

This morning people were going door to door trying to sell looted materials. It is clear that there are people with business interests of their own who are driving this.

This is a serious crisis. We request all the political parties to put aside their sectarianism, to take this seriously and to work together to stop these attacks and to ensure the safety and freedom of all residents of our town. We are very encouraged to see that students are taking up this issue.

We are all the victims of colonialism and capitalism. We all need to stand together for justice. If unemployed young men chase a man from Pakistan out of Grahamstown they will still be unemployed and poor the next day. The students have shown us what unity can do. The students have shown us the way forward.

Ayanda Kota 078 625 6462
Siyasanga Bentele 083 736 3094

 

Unemployed People


A member of the Westville congregation asked the Westville commissioner to Presbytery to bring the plight of the foreigners at Hope Farm, Cato Ridge, to the attention of the wider UPCSA.  The farm is owned by Andrew and Rae Wartnaby, previously members of the Hillcrest congregation, and raised in the Frere Road congregation, who have opened their home to orphaned children.  At present they care for 11 children.

A month ago they became aware of the closure of the three camps for foreigners who had been the focus of xenophobic attacks. The closure had left about 146 people without a place to go and the authorities had then separated the children from the parents and kept them in inappropriate accommodation and with little food.  Andrew and Rae responded to the news of children being poorly treated and the continued threat of legally imposed separation from their parents with the only resource at their disposal - offering their farm as accommodation for these people. Andrew discerned that they should respond practically as directed from Matthew 25:34-40. They obtained the trust of the people and the people agreed to be moved out of the cells and other facilities on to the farm

The news of their move to Cato Ridge was not welcomed by the Pietermaritzburg Municipal authorities and in the last week (30th July) have been served with an eviction notice for the, now, 138 people. The eviction alleges a contravention of the bylaws i.e. using agricultural land for residential purposes. The deadline is 6 September at which time daily penalties will start accruing.

 

Minority Report to Presbytery


REQUEST FOR A MEETING: ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR MIGRANTS


17 August 2015

Dear Mr Makhura, Ms Mahlangu and Dr Selebano

REQUEST FOR A MEETING: ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES FOR MIGRANTS

In response to the outbreak of xenophobic violence in the first part of 2015, SECTION27 together with the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Doctors Without Borders and organisations including Awethu organised a march in Johannesburg though the inner city of Hillbrow. The Gauteng Province and you as Premier of this Province joined this initiative to denounce the violence and call for solidarity with the plight of foreign nationals coming to South Africa often with little other choice


but to leave their home countries. In your address to approximately 20 thousand people you said that: “The highest law in the land, the Constitution, clearly outlines that South Africa belongs to all that live in it. Therefore the rights of foreign nationals must be observed and respected at all times.”

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Cato Ridge farmer told to rezone

Cato Ridge farmer told to rezone
August 5, 2015 at 07:07am
By CHRIS NDALISO
Durban - The Cato Ridge farming couple who have given shelter to xenophobia refugees, have until September 6 to rezone their farm for residential use.
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Foreigners moved to Hope Farm a month ago after the government closed down the last of the interim camps. Photo: Gcina Ndwalane.

(Credit: INDEPENDENT MEDIA)
This was the word on Monday from mayor Thobekile Maphumulo of the local Mkhambathini Municipality, under which the farm falls.

According to media reports the couple, Andrew and Rae Wartnaby, had been ordered to evict the 140 adults and children of Burundian and Congolese origin, who are staying on their Hope Farm.

The group was part of the more than a 1 000 people who were displaced after the xenophobic attacks around Durban in April.
They were arrested for refusing to leave the Chatsworth sports grounds after the refugee camp there was closed, and the Wartnabys arranged for their release and offered them accommodation three weeks ago.
Maphumulo confirmed to the Daily News that she and other municipal officials had met Andrew Wartnaby on Monday and insisted they had no intention of chasing people away.

“We have a Land Use Management Act in place which everyone has to abide by.

“All we are saying is that we are giving the farmer until September 6 to rezone his property for residential setting.
“This will require a great deal of paperwork and once that is done, the couple will then be charged rates accordingly. It is incorrect to say we are chasing them away from the farm,” Maphumulo said.
She said the municipal planning officer had given the Wartnabys a plan detailing how the process would work so that compliance was adhered to.

Contacted again by the Daily News about the mayor’s comments, Wartnaby said: “This is new to me. All I knew was that because I broke the act, then I have to let go of these people.

“It’s a very difficult situation for us and I have told the people that we have come to the end of the road. I guess I need to look into this because it is interesting news,” he said.

The Access to Justice Association of Southern Africa (Ajasa) said a team of lawyers had been instructed to attend to all the legal matters that arose and there was a team of mediators, headed by Sheena St Clair Jonker, Ajasa’s director.
“The solution sought is ideally safe refuge in a country or countries other than South Africa, Burundi or DRC,” St Clair Jonker said.

“We are still in a process of identifying interested and/or potential role-players and also looking at various options.
“Our attorneys will be instructed to respond once summons, if any, are served on the Wartnabys,” said St Clair Jonker.
Daily News

 

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Maurice Smithers
National Coordinator
082 3737705
011 3813421

 

Introduction: This update of the 15th July 2015 is composed of report of the meeting of the police at Camperdown and stakeholders in the issues of the displaced refugees now residing at Hope Farm own by Andrew and Rae Wartnaby. Herein is the notes of the meeting which was held at Isipingo with other nationals and a short report of the visit of KZNCC staff and progress made to date.

Notes of Meeting  with  South African Police Service (SAPS), Department of Social Service (DSD), Official from EThekwini Municipality, The Attorney Jothi Chellan and Mr. Andrew Wartnaby

10 July 2015

  1. It was agreed that the displaced refugees are allowed to stay at Hope Farm as long as they are negotiating and weighing their options to leave the farm to be relocated and reintegrated
  2. The attorney must get a formal mandate to represent each one of the displaced refugees
  3. The attorney must gather information about each one of the displaced families and individuals.
  4. The information must be about the stories of each one including their families. The information must have
    1. Their refugee status – each one will then be assisted to have proper and appropriate documentation
    2. Their individual social needs
    3. Where they prefer to be relocated and integrated in the provinces of South Africa
    4. When will they be ready for relocation and reintegration
  1. It was acknowledged that it may take some time to get all challenges sorted out

 

Meeting with Stakeholders in Isipingo

14 July 2014

  1. The meeting at Isipingo was chaired by Bishop Mike Vorster. In attendance was the KZNCC staff the new committee representing the Congolese at Isipingo. About 10 people were present in the meeting
  2. The initial part of the meeting was an open discussion the status quo in Isipingo. The feel of this discussion was that the living situation if volatile and cautious. The experiences of what had recently happened and its repercussion were still simmering among the people though outwardly the situation seems controlled, stable and contented.
  3. It was raised the issue of the concerns of those who run business in Isipingo. Those who run business there are servicing the communities of KwaMakhutha, uMlazi and surrounding people. It is in these surrounding areas where xenophobic eruption occur.
  4. It was realised that community dialogues must be done inside those communities where they live. It was recognised that we must recruit all interested and affected people and stakeholders who live in those communities.
  5. At a ward and higher level the same must be done on the same issues affecting them as it is in the very grass-root local.
  6. It was agreed that a coordinating committee from among us who had attended must be appointed to commence the process which ultimately lead to the conducting of community dialogues at a local level. The Bishop Mike Vorster will chair, Daniel as chair of the Congolese community, One Pastor who belongs to a local ministers fraternal and one or more relevant and strategic person constitute that coordinating committee.
  7. It was agreed that Mr. Musa Zakwe will overlook all these processes in all the areas where community dialogues will ultimately be conducted.

 

Work in Progress

  1. The one tent is already pitched at Hope Farm
  2. SACC has purchased 2 tents which still have to be delivered there
  3. The grounds where the 21 new tents will be pitched are levelled and ready
  4. The 3 Jojo water tanks purchased from Built –It are delivered. They need to be connected and filled in with water

Urgent Needs

  1. The 2 tents
  2. Water
  3. Portable Toilets
  4. 2 Portable  Ablution Containers

FOREIGN NATIONALS TELL COMMITTEE THAT COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN ARE ROOT CAUSE OF PROBLEMS

Parliament, Thursday, 09 July 2015 – The Ad Hoc Joint Committee on Probing Violence against Foreign Nationals today was told by some members of non-governmental organisations representing foreign nationals that socio-political problems in their countries of origin that are forcing them to migrate to South Africa are one of the root causes of the violence against foreign nationals in South Africa.

The Committee has also noted a submission made by some of civil society organisations that unemployment, poverty and income inequality are some of the root causes of the attacks that erupted against foreign nationals. The Committee has also noted the submission by the national President of the South African Spaza and Tuckshop Association (SASTA), Ms Rose Ntuli, that government needs to offer business skills and financial support to spaza shop and tuck shop owners in order for them to have their own wholesaler and distribution point. Contrary to the general view that there is fierce competition between foreign nationals and local owners of spaza shops and tuck shops, the Committee heard today from SASTA and the Somali Community Board that there are working together to share business skills and address bulk buying and distribution challenges.

The Committee has noted that the City of Johannesburg has a migrant help desk that provides migrants with information related to by-laws and access to services and smooth settlement of migrants which include those that are from other African states as well as other provinces within South Africa. More lessons can be drawn from the hands-on approach by the Premier of the Gauteng province in addressing root causes to the conflict between locals and foreign nationals in particular on his focus on revitalising township economy.

The Committee has also noted the appreciation offered by the civil society groups that made presentations today to the Committee and to the government of South Africa for prioritising this issue of violence against foreign nationals. 

The Committee appreciates the input and contributions made by various civil society organisations representing foreign nationals, tuck shop and spaza owners and religious groups. It was also encouraging for the Committee to see a large number of South Africans and foreign nationals from different African countries coming together to offer solutions on how the violence can be prevented.

The Committee will continue with its oversight programme in Gauteng tomorrow by meeting with members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in Jeppe and Moroka, Jeppe Hostel Izinduna, foreign and local people at Jeppe Hostel and with communities of Kagiso and Snake Park in Soweto.
Click here to view the draft programme.

ISSUED BY PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSONS OF THE AD HOC JOINT COMMITTEE ON PROBING VIOLENCE AGAINST FOREIGN NATIONALS, MS RUTH BHENGU AND MR TEKOETSILE MOTLASHUPING

For media enquiries and interviews with the Chairpersons, please contact:

Name: Ms Faith Kwaza
Parliamentary Communication Services
Tel: 021 403 8062
Cell: 081 377 0686
Email: 
fkwaza@parliament.gov.za

GIFT OF THE GIVERS ASSISTS RELOCATED
CHATSWORTH CAMP REFUGEES

09 July 2015

Gift of the Givers has responded to a request by the KwaZulu Natal Christian Council and the owners of Hope Farm, Andrew and Rae Wartnaby, to assist the 140 foreign nationals who have relocated to the 20 hectare farm in Cato Ridge.  Andrew and Rae generously offered these foreign nationals from DRC and Burundi accommodation after they were arrested for continuing to occupy the site of the dismantled Chatsworth xenophobia camp, illegally.  The children were separated from their parents and moved to a place of safety by the Department of Social Development.

The intervention by a legal representative from the Access to Justice Association and the relocation offer from the Wartnaby's resulted in the dropping of all charges and the children being reunited with their parents with all families now happily settled on Hope Farm.  These xenophobic victims have been afraid to be reintegrated into their communities.  

Gift of the Givers has sent an assortment of supplies to the refugees this morning and will assess further requirements.

Details: Salim Sayed 083 6512 006

Imtiaz Sooliman
0832364029

Please visit our website: www.giftofthegivers.org

       
                                                               
                                                                    

Not what we give, But what we share, For the gift without the giver Is bare.

                                               James Russell Lowell

REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE WITH
CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS SHELTER

The 143 displaced refugees have been released from police custody at Chatsworth. The Cato Ridge farmer Andrew and Rae have no shelter, food or water for these refugees. Cato Ridge is a very cold area and the 146 people are sleeping out in the cold.

We kindly request you to help by contributing to the purchase of 2 tents. One for women and children, and the other for men. Each tent costs R 21 000 each. Each tent will sleep 70 people.

For the 2 tents the cost is R42 000.

If you are able to pay for one its ok. The women and children can sleep there while we look for another tent for men.

If you read News 24 on social Media, they acknowledge SACC as helping in this crisis. Also read today’s Daily News where they acknowledge SACC for the support.

From other friends we are asking for money to buy 3 Jojo tanks so that they are filled up with water for use as there is no tap water, water used now is fetched from the river using buckets. We have contributed food and transport as well as hiring a truck to transport all their belongings from the police station to the farm.

We thank you for your commitment and support.

Dr Douglas Dziva
Chief Executive Officer 
KwaZulu-Natal Christian Council (KZNCC)


50 Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street
P.O.Box 2035
PIETERMARITZBURG 3200
South Africa

 


Tel: +27- (0)33 3454 819

Fax +27- (0)33 3949 965

Email: ddziva@kzncc.org.za

Website: www.kzncc.org.za 

Skype: douglas.dziva1

South Africa: Bridging the Gap between Refugees and Locals,
Three days of World Refugee Day Celebrations
 

24 June 2015



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World Refugee Day Celebrations, Pretoria. (Samson Ogunyemi / Jesuit Refugee Service)

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Mphilo Shange-Buthane, from Amnesty International, South Africa, asked the most pertinent question of the day: “Can we really debate whether we should save people’s lives?”

Johannesburg and Pretoria; 19, 20 and 21 June 2015 – The celebration of a day as significant as World Refugee Day, should be festive, but festivity should not give way to the social significance of the day. The status of refugees and asylum seekers globally is that of vulnerability. Refugees are faced with increased levels of hostility across the world. Therefore days like the 20th of June 2015, give us an opportunity to share in the lives of refugees, it gives us an opportunity to listen to the ordeals that lead them to flee the countries of their birth and seek refuge elsewhere.

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), South Africa, along with a number of partners from government, civil society and ordinary people – refugee and local alike – celebrated World Refugee Day over three days, through three different events and amidst the festivities the voices of the vulnerable were heard and heeded.

The first event kicked off at the Cathedral of Christ the King, Catholic Church Hall in Johannesburg, on Friday the 19th. The theme that brought The City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality (Migration Unit), the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA), Anti-Xenophobia Action South Africa (AXASA), Amnesty International South Africa (AISA) and Pastoral Care for Refugees and Migrants together; was “Refugees Just like Us”: Fostering Communities of Peace and Diversity in South Africa”.

One of the most noteworthy moments was a series of speeches and poems delivered by children from Ithemba College. One young lady, wise beyond her years, reminded all in attendance that: “Hundreds of thousands leave their countries every year. The Difference is that they are not just migrants, they are fleeing.” 

Next we heard from a Zimbabwean refugee, Sox Chikohwero, who gave all in attendance an insight into the challenges refugees face both from the state and the community: “Despite the fact that the City of Johannesburg and other municipal- as well as other state authorities are working well with migrants, there is still a missing link.”

He went on to speak about the need for solidarity highlighting that a strong voice is needed for the assertion and the protection of refugee rights: “As long as the migrant community remains a ‘non-whole number’, there will be problems.” He also used this opportunity to remind everyone of what the plight of refugees is and how xenophobia and prejudice towards migrants prevent us from having them contribute significantly to local communities. “It will be difficult for us to contribute if we remain stateless. I am stateless in South Africa, 12 years later. We are looking for shelter because we are victims of war and torture. As long as I remain a stateless person, my children are also affected, they cannot access bursaries and scholarships and their future is compromised as well.”

Mphilo Shange-Buthane, from Amnesty International, South Africa, asked the most pertinent question of the day. In reference to African refugees, perilously crossing the Mediterranean in the hope of a new life in Europe as well the Bajau refugees off of the Australasian coast, she asked: “Can we really debate whether we should save people’s lives?”

Joseph Matundu, a Congolese activist and a member of Amnesty International, South Africa, challenged governments and their responses toward conflicts across the world: “We need to understand why people are forced to leave their countries. We need to lobby for peace and stability. Why not stand up with the people of Burundi?”

On World Refugee Day, Saturday, 20th June 2015, the celebration took place at Club Rendezvous, Emily Hobhouse Circle in Pretoria. Here, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Ms Fatima Chohan, gave a brief address followed by a dialogue. Chohan reflected on the UNHCR Global Trends Report of 2014. She also touched on the proposed relocation of refugee reception offices at South African land borders due to under-utilisation, making special mention of Musina. The recent xenophobic violence was also a theme she touched on. 

With this year seeing the highest number of refugees and displaced people dispersed across the world, amounting over 59 million, Ms Veronica Irima Modey-Ebi, Acting Regional Representative of the UNHCR reflected on the Global Trends Report as well.

The last day in the trilogy of events in commemoration of World Refugee Day ended the Sunday at Saint Francis of Assisi – Yeoville, Johannesburg, Parish. The words of Pope Francis, informed the theme of the day: “The mission of the Church, herself a pilgrim in the world and the Mother of all, is thus to love Jesus Christ, to adore and love him, particularly in the poorest and most abandoned; among these are certainly migrants and refugees, who are trying to escape difficult living conditions and dangers of every kind.”  

The theme for the day was: “Church without frontier, Mother to all”. The day was interspersed with dance, poetry and musical performances by various cultural groups. Johan Viljoen, Jesuit Refugee Service, South Africa Country Director, spoke about the accompanying work we do at JRS for South African urban refugees.

 

Bridging the Gap between Refugees and Locals 29 June 2015

The People’s Coalition against Xenophobia invites you to
24-hour PEACE AND UNITY CAMP @ Lindela Repatriation Centre
Stand against borders defining humanity!


WHERE: Camp site in frontof Lindela Repatriation Centre, Old Main Road, West Village, Mogale City (GPS coordinates: -26.122076, 27.746644).
WHO: All who oppose the criminalisation of migration through acts of detention and incarceration and demandprotection of humanity and dignity regardless ofborders. 
WHEN:From 19.06.2015 @ 12 noon till 20.06.2015 @ 12 noon
WHAT: Peace and Unity Camp, with 24-hour programme

The People’s Coalition against Xenophobiainvites you to be part of an overnight Peace and UnityCamp outside the Lindela Repatriation Centre. The objective of the camp is to protest against the criminalisation of migration through acts of detention and incarceration and to show solidarity with detainees in Lindela, some of them being deported as we speak with no regard for the law and the Constitution of South Africa.
The 24-hour programme, which will be organized at the camp, will include legal, political and artistic workshops, presentations, discussions, storytelling and music reflectingexperiences and legality of migration and deportations, anti-xenophobia, solidarity and human dignity. There will be a chance to break the prevailing myths around migration and an opportunity to engage in debate and discussion on how to address this crisis of vulnerability, misery, suffering and often death, in building solidarity as opposed to violence based on hatred of human beings who happen to come from another country.  We need to take a stand against borders defining humanity!
The event is initiated by the People’s Coalition against Xenophobia, with the support of key human rights defenders and civil society activists, who will make a valuable contribution to the programme of the camp.
Logistics
All overnight stayers and campers, please send your contact details tothuli@awethu.co.zaor SMS her on 0792404255 for security and organisational purposes by17.06.2015.
Please bring with you flashlights, warm clothes, tents, additional food and instruments for jam sessions around the campfire. There will be a marquee for sleeping available, and there will be a designated space for campers. Transportation for a limited number of overnight campers will be available.
You can also support the initiative by financing other campers at the rate of R1 000 per camper. Contributions can be paid into the name of Awethu!, Nedbank cheque account number: 1073645886, branch name: Braamfontein. Please put Lindela as the reference.
ABOUT THE PEOPLE’S COALITION AGAINST XENOPHOBIA
The People’s Coalition against Xenophobia was formed as a direct response to the xenophobic violence that erupted in January 2015 and continued into April. The Coalition initiated a massive march denouncing Xenophobia and inviting SA to stand in solidarity with foreign nationals who are forced to leave their home countries left with little other choice but to flee for survival. This has created an opportunity for the Coalition to build on what is clearly a growing body of people in South Africa who are keen to be part of something that unites us in taking a stand to protect the basic human rights and respect for human dignity of all people in this country as enshrined in our Constitution.

 

Peace & Unity Camp

SINGING AGAINST XENOPHOBIA

5l    THE REFUGEE KING
1
Welcome to Africa, young refugee,                     
fleeing from Herod’s murderous decree.
Here you’re secure, protected in our land,
safe from the massacre that Herod planned.
2
We need the peace & goodwill You can bring,
we need a just and gracious, godly King.
Stay here and heal our continent’s sad mess,
rescue our poor from their enslaved distress.
3
Why are you leaving, going north again? 
Why are You leaving us still in our pain?
Your answer’s in the stars that shine above:
Southern Cross tells of Your sin-bearing love.
4
Your precious life is one lone mealie seed ~
only in death will it revive and breed,
yielding a copious harvest of new  grain
bringing more glory to the Saviour’s name.

Words:  Hugh G Wetmore (c)1995, 2006
Based on Matt 2:13,14,19-23   Is 9:6,7   1Pet 2:24   Jn 12:24,31,32
Metre: 10.10.10.10   
Tune: Refugee King by H Hudson  or  Eventide (Abide with me, fast falls the eventide)  CD 4.9
or Maori (Now is the hour, the time to say goodbye... also used to sing Search me O God, and know my heart today)   CD 12.9
or Highland Cathedral

 

36t  BRING THEM BACK HOME  -m-

We are heirs of the Father,
we are joint-heirs with the Son,
we are children of the Kingdom,
we are family, we are one.

There are still unreached people
for whom Jesus Christ has died,
they are foreign to the Kingdom
and the family ~ they’re outside.

Let us go as God’s messengers
let us bring them back home,
back into the Kingdom
and the family ~ to be one.

Words: v1 Jimmy & Carol Owens   Rom. 8:15-17
      (c) 1974 Lexicon Music  Box 2222 Newbury Park Ca 91320
v2,3 Hugh G Wetmore   based on John 10:16
Tune: Heirs of the Father(Scripture in Song 165)
Under Copyright law, the tune may be named and sung but not reproduced
In association with any words other than the original words.

36u   CARE FOR THE ALIEN

Lonely the foreigner, far from his family
speaking a language that sets her apart.
Often a refugee, fleeing from trouble,
needing a friend with compassionate heart.

      Welcome the ostracised, outcast and alien,
      Show Christ’s compassion as Saviour of all.

Care for the alien, stranger among us,
Show Jesus’ love to outcast and poor.
Heal the Samaritan, welcome the migrant,
Ostracised people must feel they’re secure.                  

Fear in his haunted eyes, as xenophobia
drives local people to drive them to hell.
Show them by word and deed, that Jesus loves them;
bring them to Jesus, the Saviour of all.

Unlike the world around, where selfish int’rests
deaden ubuntu*, and mad dog eats dog,
foll’wers of Jesus Christ must be distinctive,
showing an attitude like that of God.

Words: Hugh G Wetmore © May 2008 prompted by a request from Rev Kenneth
at a time when xenophobic riots spread through South Africa.
Metre: 11.10.11.10   11.10     
Tune: Rescue the perishing, care for the dying (W H Doane) Alexanders’ Hymns #73, or Great Hymns of the Faith #432     CD 5.5
*  ’Ubuntu’ is the Zulu word for ‘humaneness’ caring for others because they are human,
claimed by many to be an intrinsic African value.    
The words “all kindness” may be substituted for “ubuntu” if so desired.
Promoted by World Evangelical Alliance for U.N. World Refugee Day 2013
______________________________________________________________________
Both the above songs emphasise God’s love and concern for the outcasts.  See  Exodus 23:9. Xenophobia is anti-Christian. Spiritually, Gentiles were aliens, separate from Christ and excluded from Israel. Ephesians 2:11,12    Jesus came to call locals and foreigners to Himself and to one another. Jn 10:16

Hugh G Wetmore
109 Beacon Hill, 32 Roberts Road, Clarendon
Pietermaritzburg 3201 South Africa
Tel/Fax +27 (0)33 3429012
Email: wetmore@singingtheword.co.za

SINGING AGAINST XENOPHOBIA

WORLD REFUGEE DAY

The Department of Home Affairs, in
partnership with the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the
City of Tshwane and their partners in the
cause of protecting refugees, cordially invite
you to the World Refugee Day 2015.

World Refugee Day

South African Council of Churches

The SACC Update on the Xenophobic Challenges in South Africa
April 23, 2015

In the Name of Christ: The South African Council of Churches is, shocked, appalled and alarmed by the horrific acts of xenophobic violence that have gripped South Africa, lately beginning in Durban and spreading to Gauteng Province! We condemn this violence in strongest possible terms. We are disappointed at ourselves as churches that are found in every corner of our country, that we were caught unawares by these sad developments.

We understand that there are many underlying social and economic reasons for the apparent resentment of non-nationals in some of the poor communities, but none of these could remotely justify these inhuman acts of violence. Even so, the factors behind this need investigation and effective attention. On our part and Christian communities, we commit to an abiding campaign of community dialogues and the quest for reconciliation and healing. In this regard we join the People's March in Johannesburg on Thursday April 23, to, together with civil society and government representatives, register our abhorrence for this and be a prayerful presence in the midst of the massive public anger. We ask for supportive prayers and cooperative actions.
The SACC is driven by the gospel of Jesus Christ who was a baby-refugee with his parents in Africa; and it is  compelled by biblical concern and care for those considered as foreigners or strangers.

In this context Jesus says:
“Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.” (Mathew 25: 41 - 43)
The SACC condemns this dastardly treatment of fellow human beings, and seeks to collaborate with other faith organisations, civil society organisations, all tiers of government, and with business organisations, for immediate, medium term and long term solutions to these pressing challenges of our country, and to ensure that all migrants who live in South Africa live safely and can freely participate in the economy and social life.

This Week’s Activities:
SACC Meeting with Minister of Arts & Culture:  On Monday April 20, the SACC hosted at Khotso, the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa (the Minister relevant for the faith, cultural communities, social cohesion and reconciliation), to discuss the current wave of xenophobia. The meeting was attended by about 30 church leaders, with the SACC led by the Chair of the SACC National Church Leaders Forum, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, and the Acting General Secretary Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana. [...]

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EAPA-SA JOIN ACTION TO COMBAT XENOPHOBIA IN SOUTH AFRICA- APRIL 2015

The Employee Assistance Professionals Association (herein referred to as EAPA-SA) is a professional recognised body founded under Section 21 of the Companies Act, 1973 (Act 61 of 1973) since 1997. It is a non-profit organisation which strives to represent the interest of those involved in the field of Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). Furthermore, EAPA-SA is an accredited professional body with the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) and an affiliate of EAPA International.

Therefore, EAPA-SA condemns any form of attack or humiliation targeting foreign nationals in the country. We do so by joining the campaign to demonstrate our call to end xenophobia immediately. During September 2008, EAPA-SA convened an Annual educational conference attended by professionals and providers in the Wellness field in order to exchange ideas and knowledge on how to address the effects of xenophobia which caught South Africans with a surprise at the time. Industry experts, researchers and academics were able to share well researched and scientifically founded interventions to address the effects of trauma in the life of xenophobia victims and their families and a fruitful panel discussion was held to the effect. The recent incident of xenophobia attack to the foreign nationals is step backward to the Association and we shall convene another panel on the subject matter during 2015 Annual Conference.

Again this time around, EAPA-SA offer messages of support to the victims of xenophobia and their families, Furthermore, EAPA-SA has mobilised practitioners and professionals volunteers who are willing to assist with free trauma support to the victims of xenophobia in various provinces.

For more detailed information, you can contact Mr Tinyiko Chabalala (015) 295-7221 /  082 330 3957 alternatively e-mail: president@eapasa.co.za

Mr Tinyiko Godfrey Chabalala
EAPA-SA President
22 April 2015

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PEOPLE’S MARCH AGAINST XENOPHOBIA

Thursday 23 April at 13:00
Pieter Roos Park (Hillbrow)
to Mary Fitzgerald Square (Newtown)

PEOPLE’S MARCH AGAINST XENOPHOBIA is an emergency coalition convened to confront the horrors of xenophobia in South Africa, taking a stand to denounce the violence and embrace unity.

The coalition includes the following:

The African Diaspora Forum, CoRMSA, faith-based organizations, major social movements such as Treatment Action Campaign, Equal Education, and Awethu!, seven trade unions – FAWU, NUMSA, SACCAWU, SAFPU, SASAWU, CWU, PAWUSA – with
more to follow; as well as the organizations SECTION27, Corruption Watch and Doctors Without Borders/MSF.

The coalition welcomes any organisation and/or individual that shares its core values of respect for fundamental human

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Presiding Bishop's Call to All Methodist Ministers

VOLUME 1, ISSUE 3 April 2015

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa is gravely disturbed by the xenophobic violence taking place in KwaZulu Natal and spreading to other provinces.

We join the Speak Out Campaign in saying we cannot afford to be silent in the face of such inhumane acts.
“We call on all people; the church, religious communities; business and civil society to speak out with one voice condemning the vio-lence. We call on all leaders to speak loudly and unambiguously in condemning all attacks on foreign nationals living in South Afri-ca,” said Bishop Zipho Siwa Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.

“We appeal to all people in leadership and influence to refrain from using inflammatory language in a volatile situation. Our country is burning and all hands need to be on deck in putting out the fire. To avoid confusion, all other long term issues need to be shelved for now, to be addressed separately at a later stage. Ending xenophobia must take precedence.

The violence and bloodshed must stop!”

We call on all peoples living in South Africa to SPEAK OUT AND ACT!! Let us all work together to end xenophobia through whichev-er platforms avail themselves including in our families, communities, social media and even on the street.
May God help our nation.

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There is a Samoan idiom which says’ MANY TORCHES GETS THE SHELL-FISH’. Which basically means ‘the more perspectives, the more lit up our paths be-come, then we will know which path to take?’
The engagement with the so-called Xenopho-bic attacks has evoked many responses both emotive and some attempting to be subjec-tively objective.

We need all these perspectives to move ourselves beyond being reactionary. Many views are being expressed about this issue and one hopes that when this issue is out of the limelight that the views and perspectives expressed will be heard and that we might have a more lit up path to pave a way of a lasting just peace for both our local people, who are still waiting for a better quality of life and those in our country from other African na-tions.

Here are a few perspectives seeking to light up the path which we should follow:
Here is posting from Rev Sifiso Khuzwayo:

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The Methodist Church of Southern Afri-ca has followed with some concern, all the activity around statues around South Africa triggered by the quest to have the Rhodes statue removed by the students at the University of Cape Town.

Despite the fact that we are aware of our national history that we cannot change or obliterate it, we cannot glori-fy symbols of oppression and disposses-sion.

Historical symbols such as the controversial statues do not engender a positive collective memory and should as such be moved from public spaces and displayed as a collection, in build-ings or areas where they can be pre-served and viewed through exhibits.

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On the Eve of Freedom Day, April 26 to recognize the 21st Anniversary of Democracy, and on the occasion to pray for the post-apartheid prom-ise of a just, reconciled and equitable society, free of racial, tribal and gender prejudices, free of corruption and deprivation, and with enough food and shelter for every citizen; and for each child born to grow to their God given potential; and
on The Day of Pentecost,

May 24 to pray for God to empower their 2015 efforts to eradicate poverty in their midst, and for them to have the discipline to not participate in corruption, and the courage to rebuke those within their range who do corruption; even leaders in government and business.

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South African Council of Churches

The SACC calls for National Indaba on Xenophobia and Orderly Preservation of Historical Statues
13 April 2015

Not in our name!
Stop attacking black non-South Africans!
Attacking fellow Africans is attacking our national values!

The South African Council of Churches is alarmed and dismayed at the growing instances of intolerance and violence that have broken out all over the country but most recently in KwaZulu Natal. These outbreaks signal a serious breakdown of the core African values that have hitherto made us an admirable and stable society at peace with itself. We appeal to all citizens of the Republic of South Africa to stop these unacceptable xenophobic attacks on fellow Africans.

We urgently call for an organized national dialogue on the “status” of foreign nationals, and our national “attitude” towards their presence in South Africa. These African nationals we are shamelessly persecuting, ransacking and killing today come from countries who sacrificed their national securities and economic development to give the liberation movement rear-guard bases to fight and eventually topple the Apartheid regime. Our future socio-economic development hinges on our ability to relate to other African nations in a manner that fosters unity of purpose and human dignity.

This unbridled violence directed at foreign nationals, which has also tragically culminated in the loss of lives, is an unspeakable tragedy. It reflects poorly on our African ethos and Christian values.

The South African Council of Churches calls for a National Indaba on the plight of foreign nationals in order to reach a consensus on a lasting solution that will preserve values that make South Africa a proud member of the community of nations. In another similar initiative, the Fellowship of Christian Councils of Southern Africa (FOCCISA) of which the SACC is a member, will, between May and June 2015, convene a special SADC meeting of Councils of Churches, to address the challenge of xenophobia in Southern Africa.

The SACC is employing its Anti-Xenophobia Action to promote interventions in the hotspots of Kwa-Zulu Natal. We call on South African business leaders to partner these initiatives. There is a very real danger that there may be a backlash against South Africans and their business operations throughout the continent in retaliation to our country being perceived as “Afrophobic.”

"Stop attacking black non-South Africans! Attacking foreigners is attacking our national values! Not in our name!

Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana Acting SACC General Secretary
bishopmalusi@sacc.org.za. 0760417244

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Press statement
Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA) against Xenophobia

Introduction
The URCSA takes cognisance of the emergence of Xenophobia and Afrophobia in South Africa since 2008 as well as the recent Xenophobia and Afrophobia onslaught which is tarnishing our newly founded democracy. Research undertaken by the Forced Migration Programme shows that sections of the South African population are highly xenophobic. The URCSA calls upon government to confront the rising tide of racism, ethnocentrism and xenophobia in South Africa. The wider issues at stake are how to handle difference, respond to the “other”, and negotiate plurality. Firm action from the government is necessary. The URCSA urges all fellow South Africans and people across the globe to acknowledge “others” in their difference, to welcome strangers even if their “strangeness” sometimes threatens us, and to seek reconciliation even with those who have declared themselves our enemies.

Call to the church
We believe in the words of the Belhar Confession (Article 3) that God has entrusted to his Church the message of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ; that the Church is called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world that the Church is called blessed because it is a peacemaker, that the Church is witness both by word and by deed to the new heaven and the new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore we believe that how we react to stranger in our midst is not an optional, supplementary issue. It touches the heart of the church's teaching about who God is, who we are and who the earth and the land belong to. In the Old Testament hospitality towards the strangers whom they encountered is emphasised. The Bible is full of accounts of people who are on the move, who are strangers, immigrants or refugees, and who have nowhere they can call home (Philippines 4, 5). Jesus was also a stranger, without a home, with nowhere to lay his head (Matthew 8:18-20, John 1:11, Luke 2:7, Matthew 2:13ff, Matthew 25:31ff). Jesus expects and demands that his disciples will care for strangers. The Bible emphasises that strangers or refugees should be met with friendliness and caring (Leviticus 19:9-10, Deuteronomy 6:20f, Exodus 20:10, Exodus 23:10-12, Ruth 2:2-3).

In a time like this when foreigners are treated unjustly we believe that the Confession of Belhar article 4 urges us to believe that God has revealed himself as the One who wishes to bring about justice and true peace among men; that in a world full of injustice and enmity He is in a special way the God of the destitute, the poor and the wronged and that He calls his Church to follow Him in this; that He brings justice to the oppressed and gives bread to the hungry; that He frees the prisoner and restores sight to the blind; that He supports the downtrodden, protects the stranger, helps orphans and widows and blocks the path of the ungodly; that for Him pure and undefiled religion is to visit the orphans and the widows in their suffering; that He wishes to teach His people to do what is good and to seek the right; that the Church must therefore stand by people in any form of suffering and need, which implies, among other things, that the Church must witness against and strive against any form of injustice, so that justice may roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream; that the Church as the possession of God must stand where He stands, namely against injustice and with the wronged; that in following Christ the Church must witness against all the powerful and privileged who selfishly seek their own interests and thus control and harm others.

We believe that the triune God called us together on earth to share our common humanity. God called us to embody Christ’s work of reconciliation toward fellow human beings not withstanding race, culture of creed. The church believes in one God who created everything and gives life. The earth, nature and the land that provides the necessities of life are all God's gifts. Christian hospitality involves seeing the “other” not as a threat but as a “gift”. When the “other” comes to our country, we are challenged to share these gifts with them, in thankfulness to God. Those who come as aliens are to be received kindly and treated as one of our own people (Deuteronomy 26, 5-8, Exodus 22, 21-7, Leviticus 19:33-34).

We urge all to pursue community with one another; to fight against all which may threaten or hinder this common humanity. We should earnestly pursue and sought a common citizenry. To give shelter to the stranger in our midst is ultimately a question of preserving our own human dignity. The dignity of human beings is thus not bound to ethnic, cultural, religious or national identity (Leviticus 23, 22, Deuteronomy 24, 19; 14, 28f; 26, 12; 24, 17f; 10, 18; 24, 14f; Exodus 12, 49;). God cares for everyone and regards each individual human being as infinitely valuable. All human beings are created in the image of a righteous and loving God. We therefore reject xenophobia and afrophobia. We believe that God is in a special way the God of the stranger in our midst and that He calls his Church to follow Him in this; that He protects the stranger and that the Church must therefore stand by the stranger in our midst in any form of suffering (Colossians 3, 11; Ephesians 2, 14; Romans 15, 7; 12, 13). God’s love and compassion includes all humankind. Christ has already conquered separation, enmity and hatred between people and groups (Galatians 3, 27-29). Without embracing the “other” there can be no dignity of all.

Therefore the Church must witness against all those who selfishly seek their own interests and harm others on ground of their nationality. We have an imperative to serve as the voice of the voiceless. We should speak out, judge righteously, and defend the rights of those whose rights are being inflicted upon (Proverbs 31:8-9).

We believe that, in obedience to Jesus Christ, its only Head, the Church is called to love the stranger, for we all had been strangers in the land (Deuteronomy 10:18-19) Jesus is Lord.


On behalf of URCSA Moderamen

Executive members: Prof Mary-Anne Plaatjies van Huffel, Rev Motlalentwa Betha, Dr Dawid Kuyler,
Prof Leepo Modise, Rev Colin Goeiman, Rev Thamsanqa Ngema, Dr Henry Platt.


Dr Dawid Kuyler
Scribe: General Synod
Vision: A Committed and United Church in service of unity, reconciliation and justice to all people through Christ

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Secretariado Geral
To the South African Council of Churches (SACC)
Att. Acting General Secretary

Subject: Xenophobia against people from other Countries in the Republic of South Africa

Warm Greetings in the peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

The Christian Council of Mozambique (CCM), have heard about painful situations promoted by xenophobia; the tension and hard moments facing people from other countries within South African territory mostly in Durban. Through this letter we approach the South African Council of Churches (SACC) as well as the Church leadership in South Africa aiming at:

-Together, we should encounter humble, honest and courageous ways to search for forms to get out from ‘Xenophobic’ hostilities against other peoples.

-Together, we sensitize and mobilize our fellow believers to minimize the problem through Christian approach based on our faith and the teachings of Christ our Lord.

-Together as one Board of Christ we care and protect our fellow Christians from other Countries.

Note:
The Church is a key factor for the dislocation and insertion of people from other countries (Mozambicans) within South African Territory, through spiritual linkages. Christ above All!


The Secretary General
Rev. Marcos Efraim Macamo
Maputo, 13th of April 2015



 

                      

WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION 25 AUGUST 2014 METRO CIVIC CENTRE, A-LEVEL LECTURE THEATRE, COUNCIL CHAMBER WING

THEME: CELEBRATING WOMEN OF CHARACTER, COURAGE AND COMMITMENT AND THE CONTRIBUTION OF REFUGEE WOMEN

ACTIVITY

TIME

PRESENTER

Programme Director

 

Jeffrey Nyawane

Arrival, Registration and Tea

09H00 – 10H00

COJ Migration Unit

Opening and Welcome

10H15 – 10H45

MMC: Health and Social Development

Clr. Nonceba Molwele

Keynote Address

10H45 – 11H15

Deputy Minister: National Department of Home Affairs;

Honorable Fatima Chohan

Cultural Item

11H15 – 11H30

 

Role of the Civil Society in Protecting Migrant Women Rights

 

Executive Director: Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA)

Ms. Sicel’mpilo Shange-Buthane

Closing Remarks

11H30 – 11H45

Executive Head: Social Development
Mr. Wandile Zwane

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch


 

 

Kindly note that the City of Joburg Migration Unit will be conducting language
(ZULU) classes for migrant communities and the local people for free

Date: 12 June 2014

Venue: CJ Cronje Building, crn Bree and loveday Streets

Time: 10H00-13H00


May I request that you extend this communication to all your stakeholders to attend and they just need to bring along their writing materials, pen and note book.


Warm Regards,

Jeffrey Nyawane
City of Joburg
Social Development
Migration Unit
011 376 8684
073 150 7757

 

A Celebration of African Unity: IOM Launches Music Video to Promote Social Cohesion in South Africa

Music and dance are among the ancient forms of art that have flourished for many centuries in Africa. Music entertains, music educates, music soothes souls, and music unites. We all have that one song that moves us too deeply and leaves us almost in tears when we listen to it. That is the power of music, the right combination of lyrics, rhythm and instruments can inspire change and shape society. This makes music one of the perfect ingredients for social change in our communities.

To mark Africa Day and celebrate African unity, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in South Africa will launch a music video titled, ‘I am a Migrant’ to promote unity, Ubuntu, peace and diversity in South Africa. Africa Day is the annual celebration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on May 25 of the 1963. The day has been designated by the African Union as an annual celebration of the continent’s unity. Africa Day presents a great opportunity to unite and celebrate the diversity of Africa.

Since the collapse of apartheid, the number of people crossing borders into South Africa has increased significantly with Africans from other countries seeing South Africa as a place to trade, shop, be educated and seek asylum. But alongside this trend has come a new and dangerous prejudice: xenophobia. 20 years into democracy, xenophobia remains a challenge in South Africa and in some locations and communities it has moved from latent prejudice to actual violence directed against foreign nationals.

It is against this background that IOM commissioned the production of a song aimed at promoting social cohesion in South Africa. This song was recorded as part of IOM’s ‘I Am a Migrant Too’ campaign which was launched in 2012. The campaign was aimed at sensitizing the South African public that migrants are an integral part of society; in fact, we are all either migrants or we are related to migrants. Campaign messages focused on the similarities between migrants and host communities as well as the richness and diversity that migrants bring.

The ‘I Am a Migrant’ song, features a group of award winning as well as upcoming, talented South African artists, who pledged their time and talent to produce a song that will be help promote social cohesion amongst Africans. These include Bozoe Nkomo, Jacqui Carpede, Kabomo Vilakazi, Khabonina Qubeka, Masechaba Lekalake, Monde Msutwana, Moonga Mkandawire, Simphiwe Gwegwe, Shatti Mogapi, Thebe Lection Lekhonkhobe, Tribute Mboweni, Tumelo ABCRAZY Dibakwane and Xolisa Lady X Mvula

 “We need such social activism especially spearheaded by artists due to their social status as opinion leaders and activists. Art has always played an integral role in conveying messages and acting as a strong catalyst for social commentary. It’s also an important element to inspire unity and harmony amongst diverse individuals. As we are celebrating Africa Day, this initiative by IOM comes in at an ideal time as the aim was to highlight the diversity within our society and its benefits, promote understanding, and celebrate the journey towards a united African community,” says Tribute Mboweni, one of the artists featured in the song.

“Ubuntu has no borders; the values of love and kindness are part of African culture. It’s in our nature to welcome our visitors, and we have depended on these values in the past when we needed our neighbours. The dignity of all human beings must be respected, irrespective of where they are from,” says Dr. Erick Ventura, IOM South Africa Chief of Mission.

The music video will be launched on the 23rd of May 2014 at the Bioscope in Johannesburg.

The video will be available on the IOM website (http://southafrica.iom.int) from Friday 23 May. You can also listen to the song on Soundcloud by following this link: https://soundcloud.com/iom-south-africa/i-am-a-migrant

For more information please contact Gaone Dixon at Email: gdixon@iom.int or Tel: 012 342 2789

 


 

Tel: +11 935 5329 Fax: Tel: +11 935 2565
                                                                                                                                                      Email:  info@sowetoymca.co.za
Website: www.sowetoymca.co.za
6545 Rathebe Street, Orlando East, 1804
P.O. Box 5, Orlando East, 1804, South Arica

 

NPO NUMBER: 069 -570
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
16 May 2014

To        :  South African Council of Churches

Re: Bring back our girls March

We greet you in wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ
The month of May is celebrated in the entire African continent as Africa month.  This is a result of the formation of the organisation of African Unity on the 25th May 1963.  This organisation was tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that all African countries finally achieve total liberation from colonizers.
At this stage we cannot afford to fold our arms and relax in our laurels when terrorists’ organizations are on a mission to reverse all the gains we have achieved.  We cannot allow them to turn our schools into places of violence

The Soweto YMCA will be leading a March towards the release of 200 girls that have been abducted by the hooligans.  Details of the march are as follows:
Date                :  Thursday, 22nd May 2014
Time                :  09h30 and the march start at 10h00
Meeting place  :  Soweto YMCA (DOCC)

We kindly invite all communities to march with us to Orlando police station to present a memorandum as a form of solidarity with the people of Nigeria.  We encourage everyone to wear something RED

For further details, you can contact Portia Tshepe at Soweto YMCA at these numbers:
(011) 935-5329/ (011)935 – 2565
0760792895

Regards

 

Portia Tshepe
General Manager


AXA Programme Seminar

 

Moroka Education Year Plan

UPDATE FROM MPUMALANGA PROVINCE
ANC councillor Mandla Msibi to appear in court for allegedly inciting and instigating violence against foreigners   

ANC councillor Mandla Msibi of Ward 2 which covers Pienaar and Ka Daantjie near Nelspruit will be appearing in the Kabokweni Magistrate Court on the 24th April 2014 for allegedly inciting, provoking and instigating the community members to attack foreign owned businesses and chase away the foreign nationals reside in that Ward, during a funeral service of a 20 year old learner from Mayibuye High School near Pienaar on the 02 March 2014.

Wellington Hendry Dube, who was allegedly shot and killed by a Somali national after a heated argument, on his way to school. During the funeral service, the Councillor Msibi, during his address, is alleged to have incited the mourners to attack, loot foreign owned businesses and properties and drive out the foreigners out of the area and the province.

When back from the cemetery, some community members became outrageous , breaking the doors, removing corrugated irons from a number of shops owned by foreign nationals.

When asked to comment, the Mbombela District Municipality Senior Speokesperson, Joseph Ngala, said “conduct of the councillors is not the responsibility of the municipality but that of the Political Party that deployed them”. He did alluded to the fact that the arrest and court appearance of the councillor was never discussed and will not be in on the Council Agenda in the near future.

 

Invitation to attend aXaSA Seminar

The South African Council of Churches through its program, Anti-Xenophobia Action South Africa, (aXaSA) is hosting a seminar with all relevant role players to discuss xenophobia related incidents on Wednesday, 21st May 2014.  The venue will be Khotso House, 1st Floor boardroom, 62 Marshall Street, Johannesburg. 

The seminar will start with registration of participants at 08h00 with the seminar itself beginning at 09h00.

AXaSA thus hereby invites your organization/church/company to send at least two representatives to the seminar. We sincerely regret however to inform you that due to financial constraints, aXaSA will not be able to cover participants travel costs. 

All participants details must be completed on the

***Registration Form ***
(Click Here to Download Word Doc)


PDF Version Here

and send it to Email address info@axasa.org.za or Fax 011 838 8970
No later than 16th May 2014.


The programme for the day will include, but not limited to the following items:

  1. What has changed since 2008 in terms of xenophobia in South Africa?
  2. What have we done well and how (as individual organization)?
  3. What haven’t we done well and why (as individual organization)?

 

NB. Discussion will begin with representatives from organizations/churches reflecting on the above questions.

Participants are requested to kindly submit their proposed urgent items for consideration and incorporation into the proposed programme.  It will be greatly appreciated if the said items could reach aXaSA office no later than Friday, 16th May 2014.

Your anticipated presence and contribution towards this important event will be greatly appreciated.

Warm and kind regards.

Yours Sincerely.


_________________________
Rev Gift Moerane
Ecumenical Secretary

 

 

 

AXA intervention in Nelspruit from the 31st March to 4th April 2014

The intervention is a follow up to the recent violence that took place in Pienaar near Kanyamazane in Nelspruit. According to the police statements, the violence was triggered after  it was alleged that a learner from local Mayibuye High school and a Somalian national had a fight.

It is alleged that the learner was on his way to school on the 25th February 2014 at approximately 07h30, when we walked past a shop owned by a foreign national towards his two fellow school mates who were standing outside the shop. The shop owner, who noticed the three learners outside his shop, came out and altercations ensued in which the shop owner alleged the  deceased as being one of the people who committed robbery at his shop the previous night. It is alleged the shop owner  then began to assault the learner with fits.

The people who witnessed the altercations, then called the police  and reported the incident. According to police preliminary reports, suggest that the argument emanated when a learner allegedly took out a knife from his pocket and the shop owner withdrew a pistol and fatally shot the learner. After shooting, the suspect fled the scene before the police arrived and is since on the run.


Please assist the police with any information about the where about of the man

Warrant officer Andrew Thwala at 013 794 9397      

 

 

An Alien concept in African Culture

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Churches shocked by death of Major General Maswanganyi
June 19, 2013

The mysterious death of Major General Tirhani Masangwani, the SAPS Johannesburg Cluster Commander, has shocked the Gauteng Council of Churches. We send condolences to his bereaved family, his colleagues and the Gauteng province's residents, praying for their comfort.

The killing of our police directly impacts on and it is a serious threat to the safety of all citizens of Gauteng and to the rule of law in our country. It is senseless and must be resisted by law abiding citizens by ensuring that every information about those behind this heinous acts are arrested and face the might of justice. We call on anyone with information about and leading to the death of Major General Maswanganyi to hand it over to the investigating team appointed on his mysterious death.

Major General Maswanganyi is lauded for his selfless service to the people of Gauteng province, rule of law and his commitment to rid the police service of corruption. We are grateful to his contributions in the achievements in reducing some of the crimes in the province.

His senseless death has left us poorer in our quest to eliminate corruption and to reignite good moral conduct among our men and women in blue uniform to ensure a safer Gauteng province.

The best tribute to accord Major General Maswanganyi going forward is not to cease cleaning the police service and eliminating corrupt elements in it. We urge the Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lt. General Mzwandile Petrus, and his team to forge ahead in this resolve counting on the prayerful support of the churches and law abiding citizens. We urge those with information that could lead to the arrest and prosecution of people or perpetrators of this heinous crime to come forward with information. We appreciate efforts by Provincial Commissioner, putting a reward on this case however; this should be a common practice. Morally, people should freely come forward to report crime without expecting a reward.  

More information, contact the Rev. Gift Moerane at 084 876 3525

 

Dear Afrika

I have been coerced out of my silence by pure conscience.

There must be something very wrong with South Afrikan Afrikans. It cannot be right, under any circumstances to have a situation of black on black hatred, violence and ‘racial’ discrimination. I say ‘racial’ for the merits of that, alone, warrant some looking into. For ease of reference, let us refer to this as xenophobia, in the general sense.

In South Afrika, in the last five years especially, the tension between the two groups (South Afrikan Afrikans and Afrikan Afrikans) has not only increased to become palpable, it has manifested itself in bloodshed which result is not only a mass loss of lives (unnecessarily) but also (possibly as damning) the loss of our mutual respect between people of a common identity. I lament this human disaster on par as some of the great tragedies that have befallen my ancestors (of whom I am a great descendant) of this land called Afrika.

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Region F Migrant Help Desk Language Support Programme

Kindly note that the City of Johannesburg Migrant Help Desk in Region F will be having its last language classes on Zulu and SeSotho for migrant
communities for free of charge. The learners upon completing the classes will receive a certifcate on both languages, the classes will be taking
place for full six weeks starting from 19 & 20 June 2013 from 10H00 - 12H00 Zulu and 13H00 - 15H00 Sesotho.

Partcipipants are requested to bring their own writing books and pen, and lunch, and the programme is fully funded by the United Development Planning
(UNDP) in partnership with the City. The registration and classes is free and no other request are made for registration, please feel free to attend for your own benefit.

Please confirm your attendence as psace is limited by providing your Name and Surname, contacts details for registration. The city of Johannesburg is
really integrate communities thorugh language.

Kind Regards,

Jeffrey Nyawane
City of Joburg
Social Development Migration Unit Region F


011 376 8684
073 150 7757
E-mail: JeffreyN@joburg.org.za

 

 

Foreigners ‘should do as we do’

June 11 2013 at 07:49pm 
By Naledi Mailula

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A police vehicle leaves Diepsloot after a night of attacks on foreign-owned shops in the area. File photo: Bongiwe Mchunu

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Johannesburg - Foreigners living in South Africa should learn to do as South Africans do, a community meeting in Orange Farm was told on Tuesday.

“When you come into a person's house, you do as they do,” said Gosiame Choabi, of the SA Council of Churches.

He encouraged foreigners to learn and adapt to the laws of the country.

“A visitor cannot come to my house and find that we sleep at 7pm and say we will now be sleeping at 9pm,” he said.

Choabi was speaking at a meeting to welcome back foreigners who fled Orange Farm after being attacked several weeks ago.

Around 120 locals and foreigners attended the meeting at the Multi-purpose Centre.

Choabi said it was important for foreigners to note that South Africans had not completely recovered from the impact of apartheid. He said a platform of communication was needed between the two sides.

ANC Orange Farm chairman and local councillor Simon Motha said a database was needed to monitor how many foreigners were running businesses in the area.

He said those who attacked foreigners should be arrested.

Members of the local business forum said they were against the attacks on foreigners. They called on local and foreign shop owners learn to work together and to share their skills and strategies.

Alfani Yoyo, of the Consortium of Refugees and Migrants, said most locals complained that foreigners were failing to integrate themselves into society.

People are complaining that you close yourselves up in your shops and containers,” he said.

“You need to come out and mingle with the people you live with, the people who support your shops,” he said.

Constable Shaan Motsapi, of the local police station, said the police's mandate was to protect everyone. He said discrimination was a criminal offence.

Residents were also given an opportunity to address the meeting.

One man said he had a problem with foreigners opening shops in close proximity to each other.

He said this caused problems for him when he ran his own business, especially since his prices were not as low as theirs.

Another local said parents should stop accepting goods which their children had stolen from these shops.

Another community member said she had health concerns, as some foreigners bathed in the shops from which they operated.

Teshela Tefera, an Ethiopian shop owner, spoke about complaints that foreigners sold their stock at lower prices than locals.

He said they got their stock at the same suppliers as South Africans.

“But we sell at the same price. We are not looking for high profits,” he said.

He said they were willing to work with local business owners and to share business ideas.

Bangladeshi shop owner Tazur Islam said he had fled his country because of conflict, and he urged the South African government to intervene in the attacks on foreigners.

Islam was not sure he would immediately re-open his shop.

A local resident, Gladys Nhlapho, said she was glad the foreign shop owners were back in the community. She said she approved of them as they gave her some items on credit. - Sapa

 


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Brief situation report on the displacement of non-nationals due to attacks in Orange Farm and Diepsloot: 31 May 2013

Xenophobic violence and looting of foreign-owned businesses started in Sebokeng on Friday 24 May 2013 where a Somali national allegedly shot a local South Africa who he suspected of intending to rob his shop. Tension quickly spread to Evaton then Orange Farm where service delivery protest ended in the looting of foreign-owned businesses. Many Somali, Ethiopian and Bangladeshi businessmen vacated their shops out of fear of being attacked and many shops remained closed. The police managed to evacuate some of them to a place of safety. >> Read More...
 

Public meeting held in Orange Farm Extension 1: On xenophobia/displacement and re-integration

In attendance were two ward councilors, ANC member, City of Johannesburg Migration Unit, community leaders and community members were part of this public meeting that was called to forge a way forward on how to re-integrate foreign shopkeepers back into the community.

Key issues raised by the community members:

  • Foreign shop owners do not pay tax and their businesses are not registered with the department of trade and industry. This creates imbalance in businesses.
  • Foreign shop owners do not understand people’s concerns and do not attend the local business meetings to help them understand the SA business process.
  • Foreigners receive special treatment from the South African government in almost all instances. >>

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Tell them we are from here

 

Invitation to a Seminar on Xenophobia and Churches

The South African Council of Churches through it’s newly formed Programme, Anti-Xenophobia Action South Africa (AxaSA), and the FBO Sector in the Department of Community Safety, have joined hands to host a seminar on Xenophobia and Churches. The seminar will reflect on the scourge of xenophobia in our communities and it will, in the same breathe, reflect on the mitigating efforts of churches in the context of violence, conflicts and displacements of people. In particular, the seminar is intended to strengthen the churches towards the prevention of conflicts and violence, as well as the promotion and the defense of the rights of all people. What is centrally desired is that communities should be safe for all people.

You are kindly invited to participate in the seminar to be held as follows:

Date:            Tuesday, 21st May 2013
Time:           08h30 – 15h00      
Venue:                   The Methodist Church of Southern Africa
                   Central District      
                   Plot 136, William Nicole Drive
                   Diepsloot Ext 10    

 

Yours sincerely,

----------------------
Rev Gift Moerane
Ecumenical Secretary: SACC Gauteng

 

 

African Diaspora Forum

Re: invitation to the commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the 2008 xenophobic attacks victims

You are invited to the commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the 2008 xenophobic attacks’ victims, organised by the African Diaspora Forum (ADF) in partnership with Anti-Xenophobia Action South Africa (aXaSA) in remembrance of the 62 people killed and in support of the thousands displaced migrants during the 2008 violence that raged South Africa.

Theme: ‘One Society, One Africa’

Time: From 11h00-16h00

Date: 18 May 2013

Venue: Yeoville Recreation Centre,
36 Cnr Raleigh & Fortesque
Yeoville, Johannesburg

Please RSVP by email info@axasa.org.za or africandiasporaforum@gmail.com by May 14, 2013. All inquiries relating to the event should be directed to the undersigned.

Attached is the draft programme, the final programme will be communicated to you shortly before the event.

Kind Regards   
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Aline Mugisho

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Take care of foreigners – Chikane
15 March 2013 15:09

City Press Article

http://www.citypress.co.za/news/take-care-of-foreigners-chikane

People need to take care of one another, including their “brothers and sisters” from neighbouring countries, former director general in the presidency Frank Chikane has said. “We are one family, we are one people…. We are one people, that’s why our languages are similar. We come from the same place,” he told Daveyton residents at a public meeting today.

Chikane said a person was a human being before he was a foreigner. “This country has got the means for everybody to have some food…. We have a system that takes care of basic needs,” he said. Chikane asked residents to share what they ate with other people because they were family.

Speaking at the Charles Wesley Methodist Church, Chikane said in the past people had not had a problem crossing borders, because they treated each other like family members. It had become a problem only in recent years. People needed to understand the laws of the country so they could use them appropriately to help themselves and others. “We need to make sure that the legal framework helps us to take care of each other; the law is supposed to help us, not cause us pain.” Chikane said some churches had become part of an industry which did not make a difference.

“We need to change our perspective about church and make it about the people; then we won’t see foreigners as foreigners, we would see them as human beings. “Don’t think that because they are foreigners that they are thieves. We are also thieves.” Earlier, former SA Council of Churches (SACC) general secretary Brigalia Bam, who is also the former chairwoman of the Independent Electoral Commission, said South Africans needed to make an effort to get to know and befriend foreigners in the country. “There is a lot of mistrust, there is a lot of jealousy, there is a lot of irritation… mostly over jobs,” she said. “There is no need to be violent. Violence will not solve the problem. People will still come to South Africa.”

“It [xenophobia] is not going to end today. We need to find ways and means of knowing the people that are here,” she said. “We have a tradition here, and we must keep to that tradition of taking care of strangers.” She said people needed to find ways of living together.

“When we receive a stranger at our homes, you may not necessarily like the stranger… reactions are not always the best, but you have to pretend.”
Bam said South Africans also had an expectation of strangers to behave. When South Africans visited other countries they abided by the foreign laws and did not stay for ever. “It is unknown how many living in South Africa are not South Africans. “It’s going to be a very long journey. In the continent on which we live, there are many conflicts, and we are part of that conflict,” she said.

 

Daveyton Public Meeting

A united South Africa for All

 

The South African Council of Churches (SACC) through its newly formed Programme, Anti-Xenophobia Action South Africa (axaSA), will be holding a Public Meeting on “A united South Africa for all”.

The SACC has a long and proud history of struggle against oppression and brutality, especially during the apartheid era. Sadly, though apartheid is gone, it still lives in the minds of some amongst us and we find ourselves confronted with the same kind of brutality perpetrated on innocent and vulnerable people.

In response to the anti-xenophobic violence of 2008, we set up the Anti-Xenophobic Action initiative to work with communities to prevent and respond to xenophobia. In honour of Emidio Marcia, the Mozambican taxi driver who died in police custody, we are redoubling our efforts to mobilise our communities to fight this scourge.

Time: 08:30 – 15:00
Date: Friday the 15th March 2013
Venue: Charles Wesley Methodist Church in Daveyton

 

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South African Council of Churches

South African Council of Churches - SACC - Press Statement – 01 March 2013

The South African Council of Churches (SACC) is angry and appalled at the public humiliation, violence and later death meted against a Mozambican taxi driver at the hands of the South African Police Services (SAPS) personnel. It is simply unacceptable and needs to be condemned in the most possible way by all those who have respect for human life and are committed to a non-violent South African nation.

In the recent past we have seen so much violence in our communities and that cannot be allowed to continue without intervention.

No explanation so far makes sense as to how the police arrived at the manner in which the arrest of this man was arrived at. Footage that displays the violent in which this matter was handled is yet another demonstration that some members within the SAPS establishment are convinced of flouting the constitution of this country in many instances.

As we condemn this dastardly act that should never have happened in the first place, we call for the immediate arrest of the implicated officers.

Released by the Office of the General Secretary

Rev. Mautji Pataki
General Secretary

 


Seminar on Anti-Xenophobia

On the 14th of February 2013, the South African Council of Churches (SACC) through it’s newly formed Programme, Anti-Xenophobia Action South Africa (aXaSA), and the FBO Sector in the Gauteng Department of Community Safety have joined hands to host a seminar on xenophobia and churches.

The participants of the seminar will reflect on the effects of xenophobia in our communities and it will, in the same breathe, reflect on the mitigating efforts of churches in the context of violence, conflicts and displacements of people. In particular, the seminar is intended to strengthen the churches towards the prevention of conflicts and violence, as well as the promotion and the defense of the rights of all people. What is centrally desired is that communities should be safe for all people.

For more information please contact: Rev Gift Moerane at 084 876 3525 and/or at  gmoerane@gcc.org.za

Public Meeting

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On the 26th of February 2013, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition and South African Council of Churches will be holding a Public Meeting in Musina, Limpopo.
The meeting will be held under the theme - A United SA for all: Combating Xenophobia. We will, wherever possible, co-ordinate proactive and reactive strategies and actions to STOP violent attacks.

For more information, please call aXaSA offices on 011 492 3652 or Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition offices on 011 838 9642


 

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