Although the xenophobic attacks have now spread outside Durban, a Johannesburg Peacebus has travelled to KwaZulu-Natal overnight filled with enthusiastic youth who will be joining a March against the attacks.
Upon realising the extensivity of the xenophobic attacks in Durban, Joburgers organised a bus in one day, hopped on and travelled overnight to the root of the attacks in Durban.
The group of Joburgers include author Khaya Dlanga and Shaka Sisulu whose condemnation of the attacks is not just for the publicity.
They will be joining a March organised by the KZN premier Senzo Mchunu.
“I have a lot of friends from other African countries and they could be affected. So I think it’s important that we stand up as South Africans to show that that less than one percent of South Africans who are supporting this are not the majority of South Africans point of view.
“That’s why we decided to drive all the way from Joburg and to come to Durban where it seems to be worse than anywhere else right now,” said Dlanga.
Although the attacks resurfaced after Zulu King Zwelithini said that the ‘lice’ (immigrants) must pack their bags and go home, Dlanga says he does not believe we should entirely blame the King, although there is a history of KZN people listening to their kings.
“Historically KZN does have a tendency to sort of have listened to its its traditional leadership.”
Xenophobic attacks in KZN have been rife bringing the city to a standstill.
Foreigners, especially shopowners and vendors have been mostly affected by these recent attacks in KZN which have since spread to the Johannesburg CBD and recently to Germiston where the police are said to have arrested six people.
-Kgothatso Madisa, SowetanLIVE