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WC ANC & organisations march against xenophobia

The ANC joined forces with over 20 civil society organisations in an anti-xenophobia campaign.

The African National Congress in the Western Cape and more than 20 civil society organizations marched to Parliament in a stand against xenophobia. Picture: Abed Ahmed/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape and more than 20 civil society organizations are marching to Parliament in a stand against xenophobia.

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

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

The ANC in the Western Cape together with over 20 civil society organisations have joined forces in a campaign aimed at preventing xenophobic attacks from spreading to the Western Cape.

They have drafted a memorandum which will handed over to Parliament.

Phaladi Kotsie from the Cape Town Refugee centre says 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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LEADSA ANTI-XENOPHOBIA VIGIL

In Gauteng, people of all ages gathered in the court yard of Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, singing for the end of xenophobia in a vigil last night.

Among the hundreds in attendance was Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau and expelled Congress of South African Trade Unions Secretary-General Zwelinzima Vavi.

The large crowd carried placards with messages condemning the violence.

Children as young as nine came out to express their outrage over the ongoing xenophobic attacks.

Singing the words "no to xenophobia, we are all African" a group of people marched into Constitution Hill holding posters.

Talk Radio 702's John Robbie said he was thinking of all foreign nationals in South Africa.

A total of 2067 candles were lit over signs that read the simple message "no to xenophobia".

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