STATEMENT BY THE KZN PROVINCIAL OF CHILD WELFARE SOUTH AFRICA ON THE XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS
The KZN Provincial Board of Child Welfare South Africa calls on our peace loving citizens to condemn the recent xenophobic attacks that have gripped our province and the country and to support the victims of this brutality.
Our country, South Africa had introduced Ubuntu to the world and was an example of peaceful transition from the brutal apartheid regime to a democratic South Africa. We had shown the world that the impossible was possible. The late Nelson Mandela, our Father of the Nation was an icon of peace and tolerance.
When there is violence and brutality, the most vulnerable sector, our women and children suffer the most. All children have the right to peace, love and comfort. Child Welfare South Africa would protect our children irrespective of race, creed, religious belief or nationality. Our 40 affiliates around the province have been requested to provide assistance wherever required and to rally communities to support our brothers and sisters who have been affected by the xenophobic violence.
We owe it to our children that the country that they inherit is one of tolerance, peace and love.
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela in the Long Walk to Freedom.
TONGAAT CHILD WELFARE APPEALS FOR ASSISTANCE FOR VICTIMS OF XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS
As headlines have spread around the world, South Africans have reacted with shock, outrage and action. And it’s not just by sharing positive and unifying messages like “I’m an African before I’m a South African” on social media but also by opening their hearts against this inhumane acts against our fellow brothers and sisters. Temporary shelter has been set up for the displaced with Non-Government Organisations and Government making sure they are provided with at least three meals a day, blankets and personal hygiene items.
The Tongaat Child and Family Welfare Society lent a helping hand to their sister organisation The Verulam Child Welfare in alleviating the plight of those affected by the xenophobic violence. With the kind donation from our sponsors we were able to provide Medical supplies, food and diapers. However there is still dire need for greater assistance. We have been advised that, in Verulam alone, there are 2000 people affected of which 800 are children. They were temporarily accommodated at the Verulam Police Station and have subsequently been moved to Phoenix.
The urgent requirements are Baby products (clothes, food, nappies, etc.), Adult clothes, Toiletries (sanitary pads, soaps, toothpaste etc.), Non-perishable food, Blankets and Tents.
Items can be dropped at the Tongaat Child and Family Welfare offices. For further information please contact Miss J.J Govender or Ms D Naidoo on 032 – 9441514 or 9441123.