Pretorians march against xenophobia

Coalition of Civics Against Xenophobia members distribute flyers at the Home Affairs in Marabastad. Photo: www.nigeriansinsouthafrica.co.za

Pretorians are planning a protest march against crime, poverty and xenophobia on Thursday.

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Coalition of Civics against Xenophobia spokesperson Themba Ncalo said the march would be peaceful.

Ncalo said his organisation would march to the Union Buildings to deliver memorandum of grievances.

“We feel the Home Affairs is not doing enough about xenophobia.”

He said it was therefore time to escalate the matter to the level above home affairs hence the march to the Union Buildings.

Ncalo said crime affected foreigners and locals “but the perception is that all crimes are committed by foreign nationals”.

He said it was not right for law-abiding foreigners to be painted with the same bad brush.

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He said foreigners found guilty of a crime needed to be dealt with by the law or sent back to their home countries.

Ncalo said the coalition needed to build a mass movement to tackle issues such as wages, service delivery, job creation, corruption, exploitation of foreign workers and build support for small business.

“We are frustrated with the serious social problems we face as communities.”

Tshwane metro police spokesperson Issac Mahamba said the march had not yet been approved.

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Marchers planned to gather at Burgers Park, Lilian Ngoyi Street at 09:00 before heading to the Union Buildings.

The coalition has a membership of locals and foreigners.

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