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“Our country is burning”: South African Church Leaders

2014

A wave of violence is being directed at immigrants in South Africa. Immigrants from other African countries are being attacked in Durban and Johannesburg. More than 1000 people have been forced from homes and 300 have been arrested for the attacks.

Some have reported that the violence has lately been fueled due to escalating poverty in the country. The graph of standard of living seems to be declining with every passing day. Locals are under the perception that any jobs that are available are given to migrants and the citizens of South Africa remain unemployed.
xenophobic-attacks

According to Christian Today, The Methodist Church in South Africa has led marches in protest against the xenophobia. The president bishop of the Church, Bishop Zipho Siwa “We appeal to all people in leadership and influence to refrain from using inflammatory language in a volatile situation. Our country is burning and all hands need to be on deck in putting out the fire.”

Siwa also added, “Ending xenophobia must take precedence. The violence and bloodshed must stop!”
Churches are providing shelter, food and have opened their doors for people who have been displaced in the riots.
The Archbishop of Cape Town, Most Rev Thabo Makgoba, is to lead a silent vigil. He also appealed “Please pray for an end to xenophobia and for tolerance,” the archbishop said. “Let us be voices of reason, acknowledging the anxiety and desperation which leads to attacks on foreigners.