Around 5,000 took to the streets of the city of Durban, South Africa to march in solidarity against the spate of vicious xenophobic attacks that occurred in April.
The attacks, which have resulted in the deaths of numerous individuals, are the latest in the prejudicial practice and the worst since the 2008 South African riots that left over 60 dead.
Chants and songs of solidarity were sung during which time a group of anti-immigrant protesters clashed with police and were forcibly disbanded using water jets and pepper spray.
There have been allegations that Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini has had a lot to say about the foreigners who have entered South Africa since white-minority rule ended in 1994 including that they should pack their bags and “go back to their countries.”
Zwelithini claims his comments were distorted and is now being investigated by the South African Human Rights Commission.
African media claims that Nigerian terror group Boko Haram have become involved and released a video in which they gave South African government 24 hours to contain the situation or they will kill xenophobic South Africans. The world media is yet to hear of this threat or of any action carried out after the failure to meet their demands.
Violence has rapidly spread to other areas such as Johannesburg where shops owned by immigrants from other African states and Asia have been looted and set ablaze as a warning and also to inflict a reign of terror on citizens.
In a country where 25 per cent of the population are unemployed, locals are accusing foreigners of committing crimes and taking all of their jobs.
In retaliation to the attacks, around a 30,000-strong crowd took to the streets of Johannesburg in an anti-xenophobia march, defending the rights of foreigners in the country with banners emblazoned with slogans such as “We are all one”.
The governors of Malawi are among the first to begin to repatriate their nationals, such is the scale of the violence.
TNT News Siobhan White