‘Protest pamphlet’ making rounds on social network triggers fears of xenophobic violence in Pretoria.
Local media in South Africa are reporting that a pamphlet making rounds on social media signed by Mamelodi concerned residence calls for a march against foreign nationals.
A pamphlet is calling Mamelodi residents to a march against foreign nationals has sparked concerns of a fresh outbreak of xenophobic violence in the Pretoria township.
The circular has been distributed by “Mamelodi concerned residence” and the protest has been planned to take place oend of this month according to a report in a local news paper in South Africa.
The pamphlet is also being shared on social media platforms.
Mebo a Zambabwean immigrant told the paper that foreigners in Mamelodi are living in fear.
“We have to start packing our bags. We can’t risk it. This time around they may not leave any of us alive.”
Oupa Mtshweni, who’s name appears on the controversial pamphlet, said the march would be “peaceful”, however, immigrants living in Pretoria are not convinced, and have even resorted to sending each other warnings on social media.
“We are not planning to be violent…I don’t see why this should be a problem to anyone. This has nothing to do with xenophobia,” Mtshweni said.
Meanwhile Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters told local news papers that the matter had not been reported to the South African police service but police would investigate.