Hermanus xenophobic attacks: Listener gives R5000 to family who lost everything

Journalist Melanie Rice describes her visit to Hermanus in the aftermath of the recent protests

She describes the devastation suffered by many Somalian shop owners and their families.

We heard xenophobic slurs being muttered around us.

Melanie Rice, journalist

Some community members have taken everything from these families.

Rice describes a particular family she interviewed who had lost everything and did not even have a bed to sleep in.

These families are being attacked by neighbours they have lived next door to for twenty years.

They have been taken in by a family member, but she said to me they fed me yesterday, they fed me today, but what about tomorrow. her son said to me these are all the clothes I have.

Melanie Rice, journalist

Donations are welcomed and may be dropped off at the Ismael and Miriam Ebrahim Islamic Centre, 51 Main Road, Hermanus.

Listeners can also drop off donations at the Primedia in Green Point and will be delivered to those affected.

Rice says the Islamic Centre took in Muslims and non-Muslims who needed help.

There were dozens and dozens of people who had been left with absolutely nothing.

Melanie Rice, journalist

After the interview, a CapeTalk listener called in and donated R5000 to the family.

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