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Wits students march against xenophobia

Last week, a Zimbabwean student was attacked in a taxi in what is believed to be a xenophobic attack.

FILE: LeadSA's Yusuf Abramjee led the lighting of the candles at the #LeadSAVigil last night. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of Wits University staff members and students on Wednesday held a march to launch an anti-xenophobic violence campaign and show their support for international students on campus.

Xenophobic attacks sparked in KwaZulu-Natal recently and spread to parts of Gauteng.

Last week, a Zimbabwean student was attacked in a taxi in what is believed to be a xenophobic attack.

The university has set up a hotline where students on and off campus can call for help.

Students and staff sang songs and held up African flags in solidarity with those who have been killed and affected by the recent xenophobic attacks.

Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib said the institution stood in solidarity with those who have been affected.

However, Student Representative Council President Mcebo Dlamini has accused the institution of being xenophobic against its international students.

More marches are expected to take place next week where international students will be able to voice their concerns.

WC ANC & ORGANISATIONS MARCH AGAINST XENOPHOBIA

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape and more than 20 civil society organisations marched to Parliament in a stand against xenophobia.

Mkhonto we Sizwe, Passop, the Cape Town Refugee Centre, and the United Nations Human Rights Commission were among the organizations marching to Parliament.

They drafted a memorandum which they handed over to Parliament.

Phaladi Kotsie from the Cape Town Refugee centre said they're calling on government to do more to stop xenophobia.

"Government should be able to react with more stringent matters and promote social cohesion."

The campaign Africa Unite, calls on government to sign their pledge to end xenophobia.

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