Church leaders in South Africa are calling for a national dialogue to address xenophobic tendencies in the country saying the negative attitude of South Africans towards migrants is perennial.
In the wake of last week’s attack on Niger nationals living in Abidjan, the capital city of Ivory Coast, a Catholic Priest in the West African nation has condemned xenophobia and called on his compatriots to foster positive messages including encounters through social media.
The challenge of xenophobia in Africa can be overcome by identifying and addressing the root causes of the menace that has affected the peaceful coexistence of people of the same race, an official of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) said recently in South Africa.
When the dust around xenophobia mainly in South Africa seems to be settling amid high level interventions, members of the Standing Committee of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have added their voice to those of the regional bodies of Bishops’ conferences, condemning xenophobic violence and reprisal attacks and called on governments and political actors to end hatred on the African continent.
Days after various Church leaders’ condemnation of attacks targeting foreigners from African countries in South Africa that has resulted in some African countries facilitating the repatriation of their respective citizens, the government (South Africa) has decided to reach out to the affected African nations in a bid to repair the damage and manage the crisis.