10TH ANNIVERSARY OF 2008 XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS


Kwere is an offensive term used by black people to refer to foreign Africans. Petersen says they want to provoke thought around the issue of the attack on foreign nationals.

Africa Awake is commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 2008 xenophobic attacks by remembering the victims.

In 2008, a xenophobic attack erupted in South Africa claiming over 50 lives and leaving over 15,000 people displaced.

Africa Awake will showcase a documentary and an exhibition at 56Pim Studio in Newtown on Thursday.

The documentary, Blood and Fire, is based on Ernesto Nhamuave, a Mozambican who was burned alive in the Ramaphosa informal settlement in the East Rand.

Speaking to Eyewitness News, Africa Awake’s director Romy Petersen says they have themed the event “Kwere” to dismantle negative connotations around foreign nationals in the country.