Eastern Cape Premier Masualle on province-wide anti-xenophobia campaign

APRIL 22, 2015

Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, is leading the Provincial Executive Council on a campaign to stamp out sporadic acts of xenophobia that had spiralled across the country over the past few weeks. This follows a Presidential directive requesting all leaders across the country to engage communities on the need for peaceful coexistence between South Africans and foreign nationals.

The Premier’s outreach programme takes place from the 21st – 28th of April. The programme will see the Premier, MECs, Mayors, Councillors partnering with organs of civil society such as churches, traditional leaders, community organisations etc.

On 21 April, The Premier embark on a road intersection awareness campaign at East London, Orient Plaza Robots. Thereafter, the Premier embark on a intersectoral street march from Orient Plaza down the Buffalo Street culminating at the East London City Hall carrying placards carrying anti-xenophobia messages. He also be visited local taxi ranks holding conversations with taxi drivers on xenophobia.

Furthermore, in the afternoon, the Premier embarked on an activation by train targeting commuters travelling from East London to Berlin railway stations. He had direct conversations with commuters and distributed anti-xenophobia pamphlets.

Other programmes;

DAY 2: (22 APRIL 2015)

• On the 22 of April 2015, the Premier will mount a road intersection blitz targeting motorists at Vergenoeg robots in East London from 07h00 – 08h00.

• Thereafter, the Premier will proceed to Duncan Village and have a walk-about at Empilweni clinic and in schools around the township preaching anti-xenophobia message. This will culminate in the Premier engagement with Duncan Village community at Gompo Hall at 14h00.

DAY 3: (23 APRIL 2015)

• On the 23 of April 2015, the Premier will shift his focus to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality where he will embark on a train activation engaging commuters that travel between Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth on the need for peace full coexistence between Eastern Cape people and foreign nationals. This will take place from 08h00 – 10h00.

• The Nelson Mandela Metro Outreach will culminate in a multi-organisation march against Xenophobia that will start from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University South Campus to City Hall. The march will start at 12h00 midday.

DAY 4: (26 APRIL 2015)

• On the 26 of April 2015, the Premier accompanied by Deputy Minister for Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams will embark on a walk about and attend a Church service at Mzamomhle Township, Gonubie from 08:00. This area is a good case in point for showcasing peaceful co-existence between South Africans and foreign nationals.

All MECs accompanied by Mayors, Councillor’s will also visit various municipalities holding public meetings within the Province’s district municipalities and the Metro Municipalities.

Images: GCIS.