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2010: S/Africa dismisses xenophobia worries

By Funmi Komolafe
The South African government has assured that there would not be a repeat of xenophobia during the World Cup due to hold in that country in 2010.

Speaking in Lagos at the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) national summit on the informal sector, the coordinator of Streetnet International, a non-governmental organisation which partnered NLC , Ms Pat Horn, a Caucasian South African, said her organisation plans series of workshops early next year to ensure that there would be no case of xenophobia as it happened early this year when South Africans violently attacked fellow Africans including Nigerians, Zimbabweans and others looting, raping and maiming.

She said her organisation will on May 25, next year which is Africa day “to make sure that the World Cup is enjoyed by everybody”.

Ms. Pat Horn said of the xenophobia incident, “we were very embarrassed and we have asked the South African Government to assure us it will not happen again.”

A guest of the NLC, Ms. Horn was in Nigeria to share her experience of organising the informal sector into trade unions with her Nigerian counterparts.


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