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'Xenophobia can easily mutate into genocide,' says Jonathan Moyo

by Staff reporter
14 Apr 2015 at 16:28hrs | Views

Information minister, Jonathan Moyo, hit out on Tuesday at xenophobic attacks in South Africa, warning that xenophobia could "easily mutate" into genocide.

"King [Goodwill] Zwelithini must extinguish what he ignited. Xenophobia is a crime against humanity," Moyo tweeted in one of the first public reactions from a Zimbabwe government official to the wave of violence that has horrified many Zimbabweans.

"Xenophobia today can easily mutate into genocide tomorrow. Stop It," Moyo said, using the hashtag #AfrophobiainSAMustEnd.

Meanwhile, there have been calls on Zimbabwean social media for locals to boycott a show by Durban-based group Big Nuz in protest against the xenophobic violence. The group is due to perform in Bulawayo on Friday.

Not everyone agrees with a boycott. Twitter user @patphiri said: "So are people also going to boycott #SABC soapies/ SA PSL/ SA booze kumbe #BigNuz #Cassper are the fall guys."

Mduduzi Mathuthu, editor of the state-controlled Chronicle newspaper, tweeted: "Shrill calls to bar Big Nuz from performing in Byo on Friday over SA #xenophobia. I prefer Big Nuz to come, perform and condemn #xenophobia."

Source - news24