Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter says that he expected nothing but warmth from South Africans when he started to ply his trade in Africa.
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According to Kaizer Chiefs website, Baxter addressed the media and various sport and cultural groups on the matter of xenophobia as The Department of Sport and Recreation and the Department of Arts and Culture seek ways to bring awareness around the issue that has divided many over the past two weeks.
“When I first came to South Africa, I was told Africa can get into your blood. I immediately thought that they meant the warmth of South Africans,” insists Baxter.
“I didn't think at any time that they meant a culture of hatred and anger,” continued Baxter before a packed auditorium at the SASCOC (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) headquarters in Johannesburg on Sunday.
“At Kaizer Chiefs, we work with people with different cultural backgrounds from all walks of life.”
Amakhosi’s delegation included players, Zimbabwean Ovidy Karuru and Ugandan Ivan Bukenya, as well as Communications Manager Vina Maphosa.
Gracing the event were Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula and the Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa. Dr Irvin Khoza represented the football fraternity as the president of the PSL.
“Instead of saying ' No to Xenophobia', I would rather say – Yes, let us be the best of what we can be.
“Say Yes to Ubuntu. That’s what the late icon Nelson Mandela taught us.
“I am Scottish. However, the South Africans have welcomed me and they have shown me love and warmth.”