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#NoToXenophobia: take a stand on violence against foreigners

Listen to the full conversation from 702's John Robbie Show, below:

Meanwhile, John Robbie reflected on the shamefulness of South African xenophobia:

Another hate speech charge for Zulu King Zwelithini

Image of President Jacob Zuma and Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, credit: eNCA

EWN's Lauren Isaacs on this story: an official of the South African National Defence Union (Sandu) has laid a charge of hate speech against Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini. Zwelithini has largely been blamed for fuelling xenophobic tension in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) while giving a speech in Pongola this month. He seemingly made derogatory remarks about foreigners. The union's Tim Flack has laid a hate speech charge with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), he says he felt compelled to take action: “Should they fail to not deal with the matter correctly, I have an affidavit already waiting and I will be approaching the Equality Court should the SAHRC not take the matter further.” Police Minister Nathi Nhleko yesterday downplayed claims Zwelithini’s comments about foreigners sparked the clashes between locals and foreign nationals. Nhleko said Zwelithini’s remarks were misinterpreted: “If you're in the country illegally, effectively you need to be deported. That’s essentially the long and short of what the king said. I then don’t understand why the whole thing was turned around.”

#NoToXenophobia: #PeaceBus lands in Durban for march

Image: Govan Whittles/EWN

EWN's Vumani Mkhize and Xolani Koyana on this story: a so-called peace bus is due to arrive in KwaZulu-Natal for a march against xenophobia within the next few hours with Johannesburg citizens who have travelled through the night to show solidarity with foreigners under attack. The trip has been facilitated by activist Shaka Sisulu and Khaya Dlanga who've called on people from across the country to take part in today's march. It will be led by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu and religious leaders. Thousands of people are expected to come. At least five people have died and scores of others have been left without their possessions when their businesses were torched.

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