Africans living in the United Kingdom (UK) are calling for more action to tackle xenophobia. On Saturday, embers of the large African community in the UK marched from the Nelson Mandela statue in Parliament Square to the South African High Commission in Trafalgar Square to deliver a petition.
Prior to the march, South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Obed Mlaba, spoke to the SABC about the xenophobic violence back home, saying that the upheaval and disorder of the attacks against foreign- nationals was unexpected.
He appealed to all for meaningful solutions. “We want everybody to come up with solutions wherever you are. Whether you’re in the UK, France or India, let’s come up with concrete, meaningful solutions that will help in both the short and long-term.”
Mlaba remains optimistic that the xenophobic violence will be thoroughly addressed. “I’m sure a team will be put together who will look into this issue from; on the one-hand, the cause of the problem-where it comes from, whether the issues that are out there are ones that are feeding into this kind of behaviour and what are the possible solutions to address this issue so that we don’t have it (xenophobia) anymore.”