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ANCYL march against xenophobic attacks

The youth league called on South Africans and foreign nationals to unite and stop the violence.

FILE: A group of Gauteng ANC Youth League members gathered at Mandela Bridge Park to say #NoToXenophobia on 24 April 2015. Picture: EWN."

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) spanned out across the province on Friday, demonstrating against xenophobia.

The youth league called on South Africans and foreign nationals to unite and stop the violence.

A group of around 100 members marched to the Yeoville Recreation Centre in the Johannesburg CBD in the wake of the xenophobic attacks that have claimed seven lives.

The leagues provincial spokesperson Mbali Hlophe said they didn't tolerate the xenophobic attacks.

"We've called a march, which we've titled Africa Unite. We've called it Africa Unite because we believe that the attacks that have been taking place, which in the main, can be characterised as being Afrophobic. We are vehemently against the attacks that are taking place."

This follows Thursday's 4km march in Johannesburg, also against the xenophobic attacks, where a group of foreign shop owners in Hillbrow thanked South Africans for marching for an end to xenophobia, saying it illustrated the Africa they know and love.

Thousands of people marched from Pieter Roos Park to Mary Fitzgerald Square.

As the march made its way through the streets of Hillbrow, community members came out of their homes and shops to cheer on the locals and foreigners who were taking part in it.

Songs of unity were being played on loud speakers on the back of a truck that led thousands.

Women, children and business owners lined the streets in Hillbrow to cheer on the crowd.

One foreigner held up a banner that read 'don't slaughter us like chickens', as the rest of the crowd behind him continued to cheer 'we are one'.

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