The Anglican bishops of Southern Africa today condemned an
anonymous call on social media for attacks on immigrants in Pretoria. They said
no grievance justified violent attacks against foreign nationals living in
We appeal for all to act within the law and not to abuse
the right to protest by fomenting hatred, division and violence,Â the church's
Synod of Bishops said.
The synod was responding to reports of a march against
foreign nationals planned in Pretoria on Friday.
The full text of the Synod's statement follows:
The Synod of Bishops of the Anglican Church of Southern
Africa, meeting in Benoni, is deeply concerned at the potential for violence at
the march against immigrants planned in Pretoria tomorrow, following the
xenophobic attacks we have seen in Rosettenville and Pretoria West in recent
We condemn in the strongest of terms the cowardly person or
persons who incite violence against foreigners in the social media, and we call
upon the police to investigate and prosecute the culprits.
We appeal for all to act within the law and not to abuse the
right to protest by fomenting hatred, division and violence.
We support the statement of the Southern African Catholic
Bishops' Conference that no grievance justifies violent attacks against foreign
nationals living in South Africa. We also agree with the SACBC on the urgent
need to address the competition for limited resources, public services and
economic opportunities between foreigners and the unemployed poor in South
South Africans and all people of God, we exort you: Love one
another as God has loved us! God bless Africa.
ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE
ANGLICAN ARCHBISHOP OF CAPE TOWN
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