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PEN South Africa condemns xenophobic attacks

PEN South Africa condemns the xenophobic attacks on Africans and various communities. The epicentre of these attacks in KwaZulu-Natal are an indictment on all South Africans and point to the bankruptcy of leadership that fanned the flames through intemperate utterances. South Africa’s journey to democracy is paved with the blood, tears and sweat of African neighbours, who bear the brunt of these attacks. We join the chorus of voices from home and abroad, which calls upon the South African authorities to spare no effort to quench these flames, ensure the safety of our neighbours under attack and to ensure the perpetrators are punished.

Mandla Langa,
Executive Vice President of PEN SA
18/04/15

Signed: PEN South Africa, the local chapter of PEN International, a worldwide association of writers; Margie Orford, Adré Marshall, Carole Bloch, Gabeba Baderoon, Justin Fox, Raymond Louw, Mervyn Sloman, Louis Greenberg, Simeon Gready, Carol Campbell, Johann Rossouw, Marita van der Vyver, Liesl Jobson, Theresa Papenfus, Geoffrey Haresnape, Karin Brynard, Elize Parker, Liam Kruger, Rustum Kozain, Danie Marais, Abraham de Vries, Rachelle Greeff, Ampie Coetzee, Fanie Olivier, Anne-Ghrett Erasmus, Gerard Rudolf, Marga Stoffer, Antoinette Klein, Sharon Gelman, Die Breytenbach Galery, Engemi Ferreira

PEN SA invites South African writers to add their signature to our call, and their voice or a comment. Go to Facebook: southafricanpen or Twitter: @pen_southafrica.

 

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