Speaking at the march, a member of Kopanang Africa blamed the government for a lack of job and economic opportunities, adding the group was dissatisfied with the state's response to attacks on foreigners.
“We need to know who to blame for unemployment, crime and electricity cuts in our society. The problems we have are ones that were made under the [Covid-19] pandemic. They introduced measures in which poor people suffered. They introduced measures that increased crime and unemployment. It was not black people who did that, it was the government."
Makhosazana Mkhatshwa from the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) said foreigners suffered from “medical xenophobia” and were discriminated against at clinics.
“You hear people complaining that there are too many foreign nationals at clinics, but the issue is that government is not providing the services. People are frustrated. You wouldn't notice that there are foreign nationals in the queue if you had the services,” she said.