HDSA official statement on Xenophobia in South Africa
Habonim Dror Southern Africa is deeply saddened by and condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the outbreak of Xenophobic violence in Durban on Tuesday. Xenophobia stands in stark contrast to the principles of the South African Constitution which guarantees that South Africa ‘belongs to all those who live in it’ and that all people have the right to human dignity. HDSA views this violence as a vile attack on humanity and calls upon all South Africans to take action against it where they can. Illegal Immigration cannot be seen as an attack on South Africa, it must be viewed in the context of an African continent which is rife with dictatorships, poverty and disease. Foreigners flee to South Africa in order to find safety and a better life. It is incumbent upon South Africans to treat all people with the dignity which so many were denied under the Apartheid regime. HDSA calls for an end to Xenophobic attacks in South Africa and nation building which includes in its vision a prosperous future for everyone.