Wits join xenophobia fight

2011-07-07 18:29

Johannesburg - South African Premiership soccer team Bidvest Wits will play Costa do Sol from Mozambique as part of the Action Against Xenophobia festival at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton on July 31.

The organisers of the event, the Tsietsi Mashinini Trust and the City of Ekurhuleni, said on Thursday that a religious cleansing ceremony would be held at the Cyril Ramaphosa settlement in the East Rand a week before the match.

The ceremony would be held on the site where Mozambican migrant Ernesto Nhamuave was set alight and killed during the South African xenophobic attacks in 2008. More than 60 people, both foreigners and citizens, were killed during the countrywide outrage in May that year.

Mashinini was the leader of the 1976 student uprising in Soweto and died while in exile in 1990.

His brother, Dan Mashinini, who founded the trust, said they had opted to host a soccer match because they viewed sport as the best platform to fight racism, gender and ethnic challenges.

"I need to first say that I too was in exile for 14 years with thousands of my peers based in other African countries so I totally do not condone the xenophobic acts in South Africa," said Mashinini.

Wits general manager George Mogotsi said they were honoured to be playing a part in the event.

"When the Mashinini Trust approached us, I told my coach (Roger de Sa, born in Mozambique) that this would be for a great cause," said Mogotsi.


  • jock - 2011-07-07 19:10

    according to the Govt.xenophobia does not exist.Maybe these people were just killing themselves

  • West Africa - 2011-07-07 20:19

    Well done Wits. I think it is time for South Africa companies that have invested and doing business in other africa countries to follow Wit example and do something about xenophobic.

      ME - 2011-07-08 13:46

      Govt must find a long term solution to this problem. Soccer matches can only do this much- not much in my humble opinion. The reality is that "the whole of Africa" is coming to SA- and that is simply not sustainable. Whether we like it or not, there will be serious strain on the resources and the poor people will be the first to feel that pinch and will naturally easily link that to the existence of foreign nationals, which is not always the case but at times it is the case- let us not run away from that fact. Solution?? I dont know but government is "paid to find solutions" to such problems. They must therefore start earning their money. To foreign nationals in SA- please also do understand that almost everyone in Africa is now coming to SA and this will create complications.

  • Kwere kwere - 2011-07-08 10:59

    "Thou shall not mistreat or oppress an alien, for you were also Aliens in Egypt" History has it that the Khoisan were the first inhabitants of SA but Xenophobia is now mostly perpetrated by the "non Khoisans". African History should be made compulsory in schools.

  • Ruff-ian - 2011-07-08 12:39

    Administrators ! can can delete my comment,you probaly and alien aswell.

  • Ann - 2011-07-08 13:45

    An excellent idea! Xenophobia is terrifying. The first step in the right direction ...

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