Friday, April 24, 2015

Natural Justice says, No to Xenophobia


In the aftermath of the 2008 xenophobic violence in South Africa; 62 deaths and 670 injuries were reported. Additionally, between 80 000 and 200 000 foreign nationals where left displaced. Seven years on, an iteration of the 2008 xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals erupted in the KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa. The ensuing violence resulted in clashes between mostly African foreign nationals and South African locals in Durban leaving 6 people dead, livelihoods were lost and many more people injured and displaced, with the violence spreading to Johannesburg, Pietermaritzburg and other parts of South Africa.

We at Natural Justice are saddened by the recent attacks on foreign nationals. We strongly condemn these attacks. We support the anti-xenophobia initiatives taken by the South African civil society and government. We believe ‘South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity’. (Constitution of the Republic of South Africa 1996) 

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