Written by: South African Jewish Board of Deputies
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The South African Jewish Board of deputies deplores the violence, destruction of property and hatred directed against innocent men and women in the streets of Johannesburg.

We call for an end to this latest wave of xenophobia and for all leaders across the political, religious and social spectrum to speak out strongly against the targeting of foreign nationals.

Words have immense power and we reiterate the importance for political and community leaders to use responsible language that does not inflame the current tensions and further divide communities at a time when all who live in South Africa should be working together to improve the lives of all. 

These terrible events, coming just a few weeks after the lapsing of the Hate Crimes Bill, once again highlight the urgent need for comprehensive legislation to prevent and combat xenophobia as well as all other forms of prejudice and bigotry. We urge government to take a stand against the scourge of hate crimes and for the terrible events of today to spur effective action for the future. #NoPlaceForHate

For more information please contact Alana Baranov on 083 275 2184 or alanabaranov@gmail.com

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Date published: 04/09/2019
Feature image: A man waves a stick in front a burning piece of furniture during a riot in the Johannesburg suburb of Turffontein on Sept. 2. Photographer: Michele Spatari/AFP via Getty Images

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