'Foreigners' wives' fight for their families in Grahamstown xenophobia crisis

28 October 2015 - 16:51 By RDM News Wire

The “wives of foreigners” in Grahamstown said on Wednesday that no-one was taking the xenophobia crisis in the town seriously. In a “Press Statement from Voices of the Foreigners’ Wives”‚ the group announced that they would go ahead with a protest on Friday.Xenophobic attacks in Grahamstown began on Wednesday last week‚ hours after two local taxi organisations converged at City Hall to protest against the state of the roads in Makana‚ the Times report.ed on Tuesday.The taxis had signs “accusing our men of taking body parts‚ saying that they must all go and that they must burn"‚ the wives said‚ and added that police were also seen looting their shops.The wives said 300 shops were looted and 500 people displaced.The wives said: “Nothing has been done to resolve the crisis in Grahamstown. Our homes and our shops continue to be looted and destroyed. Our husbands have not been able to return to their families. Our children are still being hidden at home. We still do not feel safe on the streets. We are still being insulted on the streets. Rumours are still being circulated about our husbands. We have lost everything and we have had no income for a week.“The Mayor‚ the Councillors‚ the Municipality and the police are not taking us seriously and they are not taking the crisis that we are facing seriously.”They say that despite being informed by police that police could not guarantee the wives’ safety if they went ahead with their protest at the City Hall on Friday‚ they would stage the protest.They are calling for the following: 1. Stop the xenophobic attacks in Grahamstown. 2. Stop the murder and rape of women in Grahamstown. 3. Build an economy that creates opportunities for all. 4. Provide housing and services for all. 5. Allow our husbands to return to their families. 6. Stop the rumours about our husbands. 7. Stop religious discrimination. 8. Stop councillors from dividing people.The Unemployed Peoples’ Movement and the Economic Freedom Fighters have agreed to support the protest...

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