Ekurhuleni tightens screws against Xenophobia

By FOCUS REPORTER

ACTION against Xenophobia is a call to action that appeals for the restoration of Ubuntu in our communities; a societal based intervention to the outbreak of Xenophobia that seeks to strengthen and empower communities affected by the attacks through education and information on the rights and responsibilities of African migrants and non-migrants.                                                                                                                                                   

The initiative held under the auspices of the Tsietsi Mashinini Memorial Trust in partnership with the City of Ekurhuleni, Faith Based Organisations and The Foundation for Human Rights will be hosting a religious based ceremonial cleansing of the site for the 2008 Xenophobic attacks where among other things Mozambican migrant Ernesto Nehamauve known as “The Burning Man” was set alight and killed.

The cleansing ceremony will be coordinated by Bishop Paul Verryn of the Central Methodist Mission, and will take place on the 31st of July 2011, followed by an international friendly game between PSL outfit Bidvest(SA) and Clube de Desportos da Costa do Sol (Mozambique).

The Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni Cllr Mondli Gungubele and The Tsietsi Mashinini Memorial Trust would like to invite members of the media to the Ceremonial cleansing and the International Friendly Match.

This is all in a bid to forestall any more attacks as well as pave the way for reconciliation and re-integration of Africans, and instil the spirit of Ubuntu.

The details are as follows.

Cleansing Ceremony;

DATE:          July 31

TIME:          9am, Guests will arrive at 8am

VENUE:         Cyril Ramaphosa Informal Settlement (Taxi Rank)

International Friendly:

DATE:        July 31

TIME:        Pre- Match Entertainment from 12h30, address by Executive Mayor @ 14h30 

KICK OFF:    3pm

VENUE:       Sinaba Stadium, Daveyton

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