Waves of xenophobic violence against immigrants this week has led to an overwhelming positive response by the South African public, through an outpouring of goods, food, blankets and money for the victims of the violence.
Gift of the Givers has set up a program to collect donations and in just a week, they have moved over R1 million worth of goods to refugee centers.
“I’ve been in this industry for 15 years and I have never seen a response like this,” says Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers. “To me, the real spirit of South Africans has been shown. We are not a xenophobic nation. We are seeing massive support. Black, White, Indian, Coloured; they are all here.” (See the full report in South Africa’s premiere Good News website)