Clerics lay on walk for peace

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

The Africa Unite Committee, led by religious leaders in KwaZulu-Natal, will stage "Ubuntu Peace Walk" today in an effort to root out the xenophobia that has erupted in the country.

Several events are planned to educate communities about the dangers of the xenophobia that is threatening South Africa's democracy.

Pastor Vusi Dube of the eThekwini Community Church told Sowetan that the aim of the walk was to educate and sensitise people to live together as one African community.

"Whether people are refugees or permanent residents, we should learn to love and live with one another. We are all Africans and must respect each other," he said.

Dube said they strongly condemned attacks on fellow Africans.

"We condemn these attacks and pray for unity in our land. We say no to violence against anyone on the basis of nationality. Some of these people are our brothers, husbands and in-laws.

"We must protect them and their children. In brotherhood we stand.

"We must be prepared to defend the rights of every African living in South Africa," Dube said.

The MEC for transport, community safety and liaison, Bheki Cele, and gospel singer Hlengiwe Mhlaba and kwaito superstar L'vovo Derango will also join the peace walk.

Religious ministers will be in their church regalia and will lead the peace walk from Albert Park to Durban City Hall.

Meanwhile, lecturers and students of the University of Zululand, and those from some neighbouring countries will also take a stand against xenophobia today.