Krugersdorp – On the wake of the 28th of May, hundreds of members from the respective church denominations gathered at the Bob van Reenen stadium to march against the global outcry of recent xenophobic attacks which loomed over South Africa. The campaign is result of a prayer march which was called by the premier of Gauteng, David Makhura.
United by a common goal, the march began with a prayer for peace and unity and the crowd commeneced the march escorted by the Mogale City Fire Fighters and Traffic department.
The crowd marched from Krugersdorp Fire Station via a busy traffic congested Paardekraal Road to the Krugersdorp Station via Mogale City Town Hall and back to Bob Van Reenen stadium.
The multi-cultural and multi-coloured crowd held aloft banners, posters and placards to protest against attacks on foreign nationals and sang songs of praise with no sign of stopping. Inspired and cheered by shop owners, drivers and residents of Krugersdorp, the marching crowd left an electrifying vibe on the streets and taxi rank as they sang their hearts out.
Pastor Igwe of the also addressed the crowd and shared the vision of a united Africa for global unity, “Africa is shaped like a gun and South Africa is the nozzle, the Lord sees no color nor border between any countries in Africa to unite us”.
On behalf of the Mayor of Mogale City, MMC Noluthando Mangole – who also walked hand in hand with the different church denominations said “All of you made history today. History is never made by the generals, it is made by the masses of people.”
The organizing committee thanked Mogale City Municipality, Mogale City Fire Fighters, Mogale City Traffic Department, The United Churches of the West Rand, and West Side FM for their unconditional support by spreading the news to the various communities as the march will also continue to other municipalities.
Images and Words: Tebogo Mathodlana