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Grassroots organisations condemn mass deportation during COVID-19 pandemic

The C19 People’s Coalition – of which PASSOP is a member – condemns calls for the mass deportation of foreign nationals from South Africa. It demands urgent action from government to prevent xenophobic violence.

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Our open letter on xenophobia during COVID lockdowns

The public statements communicating South Africa’s efforts to fight COVID-19 have excluded migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers living in this country – almost all of whom are African.

This exclusion fuels xenophobic attitudes and intensifies the human and economic toll of COVID-19. It is also inconsistent with the crisis of the times, the preamble of the South African Constitution and your role as the chair of the African Union.

Read full statement here.