The eThekwini Municipality is set to hold a peace march on Thursday. File photo: Nokuthula Mbatha

Durban - The eThekwini Municipality released a statement on Monday saying it would hold a peace march on Thursday.

The march, to mobilise society against xenophobia, will be led by KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu and mayor James Nxumalo.

It will begin at Curries Fountain at 10am and end at the city hall.

About 10 000 people, including foreign representatives and civil leaders – including church and traditional leaders – are expected to take part.

Mchunu appealed to residents to work with the government and law enforcement authorities in addressing the root causes of the violence.

“The latest acts of violence are shaming our province and tarnishing our international standing,” he said.

“Let it be known to all of us that without the solidarity of the African continent and its people we would not have been able to achieve the freedom we enjoy today.”

Nxumalo said the city and province were known as tourist and investment destinations of choice.

“South Africa is an integral part of the African continent and a member of the African Union and SADC.

“Our success is, therefore, intertwined with collaboration with the African continent and its people,” he said.

Both leaders said other interventions were being put in place to stop the attacks and to work on the reintegration of the displaced people. There were also moves afoot to start a dialogue towards social cohesion.

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