South Africa's bishops are calling on the government to do more to stop xenophobic violence

Posted February 21, 2017 12:48 pm by Editor

South Africa's bishops are calling on the government  to do more to stop xenophobic violence

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has called for calm and restraint amid fears that the planned march against foreigners in Pretoria on Friday could spark xenophobic attacks. Anti-immigrant violence has flared sporadically in South Africa blamed on high unemployment, with foreigners being accused of taking jobs from locals and getting involved in crime. In a 21 feb. statement, the chairperson of the commission, Bishop Abel Gabuza‚ said the planned march by the Mamelodi Concerned Residents against the foreigners in Pretoria is “cause for serious concern” and called for “calm and restraint.”

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