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Johannesburg hosts friendly match against xenophobia

Johannesburg hosts friendly match against xenophobia

A friendly football match was held between the Highlanders of Zimbabwe and the Cosmos of South Africa in an effort to bring attention to xenophobia in South Africa

The “Unity” game was organized by the South African Players Union (SAPFU) and the Southern African Women’s Institute for Migration Affairs (SAWIMA) on 25 July 2010 at Johannesburg Stadium.

The match was attended by 18,000 fans and focused on combating xenophobia targeted against Somalis, Zimbabweans, Malawians and Mozambicans.

General Secretary of SAPFU, Thulaganyo Gaaoshubelwe observed:
“As footballers we stand behind the idea of One Africa. Xenophobia is wrong and must be tackled. SA clubs provide opportunities for Africans of many backgrounds to contribute to our sport. The time has come to educate and encourage dialogue on the social challenges facing the nation, not head into violence.”

The game also received messages of support from Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) and the ruling South African party the African National Congress (ANC).

The government held a rally against xenophobia a week before the friendly match to spread the message that attacks against foreigners will not be tolerated and that South Africa must adopt an even more inclusive approach to national unity.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 23:00

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