Today the Anti-Xenophobia Peace March led by eThekwini Mayor James Xumalo and KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu had a phenomenal turnout with thousands of people marching from Curries Fountain to the City Hall in Durban’s CBD. It’s really amazing to see so many people of many different races and religions come together and show support for those affected by the Xenophobic attacks which have happened over the past 2 weeks.
Now there has been widespread speculation as to what’s been going on in the Durban CBD and surrounding areas, I have seen many different video’s and images making their rounds on social media, with most people just jumping on the bandwagon of hate. I logged onto Facebook an hour ago and saw a post titled Durban today, with an image of a man burning alive, now I don’t want to start a pointless debate but the reality of it is these posts I keep seeing are plain down lies, sensationalism at it’s best, I was a part of the march today and I can assure you no burning happened at all. Yes there were a few isolated incidents but nothing as apocalyptic as what social media is making it to be. Those who post things online blindly without credibility are just adding fuel to an already enlarged fire. Why dont you do something productive and join in on the march and show some form of support! If thats not for you, donate clothes or blankets to those affected, flip just buy a meal for a family. Stop bitching and moaning about how this country is out of control and take charge of the change, do something about it. Dont just sit back, be the change.
I will do a more in depth blog once everything calms down, in the meantime here are a few links for you to actively be involved!
Gift of the Givers –
Gift of the Givers
Account No. 052137228
Branch Code 057525
Please email or fax deposit slip with full contact details for acknowledgement purposes. All contributions are tax deductible.
To volunteer, or any other queries you can call their toll free line on 0800786911.
South African Red Cross Society (SARCS)
SARCS is assisting at all refugee sites.
Call 031 563 2914 for more info.
Refugee Social Services NPO (Durban)
For more info call 031 310 3578.
Say NO to Xenophobia! There are at least 2500 people stranded in 3 refugee camps in Durban, including more than 200 infants.
Show support for these victims by collecting the following:
Baby products (clothes, food, nappies etc.)
Toiletries (sanitary pads, soaps, toothpaste etc.)
If you would like to show your support for these victims, please drop off the items you’d like to donate to the Private Property Head Office:
Level 1, 21 Richefond Circle, Ridgeside Office Park, Umhlanga Ridge.
Donations can also be made into Glenridge Church bank account and cleared marked ‘Xeno’.
Glenridge Church Bank Account
FNB Florida Road
Branch Code 220526
Please make an actual impact by providing refugee camps with blankets, food and old clothes for victims of Xenophobia.
We are all foreigners somewhere.
Lets all stop the negativity and help make things right.