Hundreds of Mozambican citizens marched on Saturday in the capital Maputo in protest of the recent wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa.
The march was organized by civil society and was attended by local youth group members.
“We just wanted to convey our outrage over the situation that our brothers live in South Africa. Our destination, our target is the embassy of South Africa,” said David Fabio, president of the Mozambican Youth Parliament in a statement to the media during the march.
Protesters were diverted by the police to avoid road obstruction and could not reach their main destination, South Africa’s Embassy in Mozambique.
Fabio said the protest was with a clear message for peace and nonviolence, urging that politicians should be sensitive to the situation as violent attacks continue to destroy lives.
“The march aims to raise awareness among African governments about the evil of these xenophobic acts,” said Lucilia de Fatima, an activist of a youth association.
Fatima added that it is unfortunate that Mozambique did not receive a formal apology from the South African government.
Nearly 1,500 foreigners living in South Africa were forced to leave their homes and businesses due to xenophobic violence.
Last Wednesday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in parliament that he would invite the former presidents Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique and Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania to lead a team to look into the causes of xenophobia in the country. Enditem