South Africa: An Urgent Call to Build Unity in KZN and to Halt Incitement, Racism and Hate

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The organisation Abahlali baseMjondolo condemns all attempts to create and escalate division in KwaZulu-Natal, whether this is on the lines of ethnicity, xenophobia, race or class.

This is a statement released at the weekend by Thapelo Mohapi, Mqapheli Bonono and Nomusa Sizani of Abahlali baseMjondolo and Marvin Govender of the Phoenix Residents Association.

The situation in Durban is very serious. The politicians and the people around them are actively trying to divide people and turn people against each other so that they can continue with their looting. As usual, they are trying to divide the poor. Social media is being used to call for violence, to call for war. False information is being circulated with the aim of generating fear and anger.

The politicians and their cronies are attempting to brew and encourage a very, very dangerous politics that is building fear and anger with the aim of dividing people along lines of nationality of origin, ethnicity and race. Poor people are also being isolated and criminalised. The politicians are trying to make us look at our own neighbours as enemies. They are doing this so that they can keep looting the money that should be for land, housing, healthcare,...

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