Over 30,000 expected at Joburg's march against xenophobia

Gauteng Premier David Makhura & Zwelinzima Vavi will also attend the march through Hillbrow today.

Students from Kingsmead College in Johannesburghold up anti-xenophobic placards. Picture: @Palie_Mogodi via Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - More than 30,000 people are expected to march through Hillbrow today against the recent scourge in xenophobic attacks in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Gauteng premier David Makhura, expelled Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) Secretary-General Zwelinzima Vavi and Johannesburg Mayor Parks Tau will join the march which will start at 1pm.

The African Diaspora Forum's Marc Gbaffou said, "Everything is sorted. We have more than 150 big organisations that are coming on board."

LISTEN: Clinical Psychologist Thabang Tlaka speaks on the psychological & emotional effects of xenophobia on foreign nationals & their children.


Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma acknowledged the concerns South Africans have raised in the wake of the recent wave ofxenophobic unrest, but has stressed that there is no justification for the attacks.

The president held a meeting with more than 100 representatives from various sectors of society yesterday to discuss migration policy.

He said some concerns raised by South Africans about some foreigners include crime, unfair business practices, drugs and the influx of illegal immigrants.

But he said the meeting was called to listen to the concerns and develop solutions.

"We have condemned that, all of us, and I think many sectors have condemned the violence that has been carried out on foreign nationals. We thought it was important to come together and discuss this matter."