More zen, less phobia: PTA residents march for foreigners’ rights

The capital city was rocked by violence two weeks ago when hundreds of people attended an anti-immigrant march.

FILE: Foreign nationals in Pretoria West following looting and vandalism of houses and shops. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

PRETORIA - A few dozen people gathered at Burgers Park in Pretoria on Thursday to stand up for the rights of foreigners and call for an end to xenophobia.

The capital city was rocked by violence two weeks ago when hundreds of people attended an anti-immigrant march.

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Some citizens have accused foreign nation;s of being responsible for crime, which is among the claims demonstrators hope to challenge today.

‘More zen, less phobia’ is among slogans on banners being carried by Lawyers for Human Rights officials and immigrants from several countries.

Demonstrators say the purpose of the march is to show solidarity with immigrants.

“Let’s stop stereotyping. We are showing our solidarity with them and saying no to xenophobia.”

Another demonstrator says everyone needs to work together to “build a better” South Africa.

The group is expected to hand over a memorandum at the Union Buildings.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)