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Blacks, Mr Cool condemn xenophobic attacks in South Africa

Reggae group Black Missionaries alongside Anthony Mr Cool Makondetsa on Saturday took advantage of their show at 24/7 Club, Chileka, in Blantyre to condemn xenophobic attacks happening in South Africa.

Black Missionaries and Makondetsa as well as Chileka artists such as Yanjanani Chumbu and Khozie Masimbe performed at 24/7 Club barely a day after performing at Motel Domwe in Dedza District.

“We say no to xenophobia. Let us unite as Africans and let us love one another. What is happening in South Africa is not good and I want to condemn it; this must stop,” Makondetsa, said.

Blacks’ bassist, Peter Amidu, also spoke at length about the issue before the reggae group started its performance.

“Why are we killing each other? We are all one and created by God so I say fire to xenophobia. What we need is perfect love and unity,” Amidu, said amidst cheers from the audience.

Amidu then went on to hit at politicians for dividing the masses in the country.

“Let us not fight because of politics. I know politicians are the ones who are bringing division but this must stop. “We are all children of the same family.

We were all made in God’s image. Fire to politics. Let us not fight because of politics but reggae music brings us together,” the dreadlocked bass man said.

He said later that, as artists, they would continue to use their performances to speak for the voiceless as well as tackle different issues affecting people.

“As artists, we are priviledged in that we perform to bigger audiences and this is why we always take time to talk about issues affecting the society,” Amidu said.

With a lot of Malawians in South Africa, the government has said is it monitoring the situation in South Africa to establish how best to assist Malawians who might be affected by the resurgence of xenophobic attacks targeting foreigners in the Rainbow Nation.

Some South Africans have been attacking foreigners who they accuse of snatching jobs meant for locals.

Last week, Nigerian afro-beat star Burna Boy vowed never to set foot in South Africa again following fresh violence that has erupted.

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