Anti-xenophobia march to head to Parliament

This will be the first in a series of events under the anti-xenophobia campaign, Africa Unite.

FILE: Around 5,000 people took part in an anti-xenophobic march in Durban on 8 April, 2015. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape and various civil society groups will march to Parliament on Wednesday as part of a nationwide movement against xenophobia.

At least seven people have died in xenophobic violence which started in KwaZulu-Natal and spread to Gauteng.

The army has now been deployed to quell the violence.

An overnight raid at a Jeppestown hostel in Johannesburg is the first of many which will be carried out throughout the provinces.

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The Muslim Judicial Council, the Cape Town Refugee Centre, the Ses'khona Peoples Rights Movement, People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty and the ANC are among the organisations who will participate in the march.

This will be the first in a series of events under the anti-xenophobia campaign, Africa Unite.

Nigerian Hilary Ojukwu is a member of the organisation Frontline Africa and says poverty is no excuse to attack foreigners.

A series of events will be held across the City of Cape Town including public lectures, road shows and church services.