MTV presenter Kim Jayde has spoken out about a spate of xenophobic and gender-based attacks which have happened in South Africa in the past few days
Currently visiting New York City, the Zimbabwean-born star, who is based in South Africa, took to social media to break her silence on the brutal occurrences.
She wrote in a sombre post; I am BOTH an IMMIGRANT & a WOMAN living in South Africa! Watching the attacks on mostly Zimbabwean & Nigerian people, my brothers and sisters BREAKS MY HEART! Many of us immigrants and "foreigners" came to SA leaving behind our homes, family & friends to seek an education, a job, a better life. We are honest, hard working people that contribute positively to the economy & pay our taxes.
"And for that we are being beaten, murdered & our bodies burnt - these attacks did not just start now- it HAS BEEN HAPPENING FOR YEARS! When will our leaders step in?! Now is NOT the time to point fingers at each other - it is time to link ARM IN ARM AS AFRICANS! WE ARE STRONGER T0GETHER!”
Kim is not the only Zaleb (born in neighbouring African country) to speak out about the attacks
DRC born singer Tresor has also taken to the gram to share his thoughts
DJ Fresh - who many don't know was actually born and raised in Botswana - has been very active in lending his voice to the dialogue about uniting Africans.
He's even defended rapper AKA from xenophobic allegations.
Award winning broad cast journalist Peter Ndoro has also had his say
Congolese Armando Ngandu - husband of SA actress Phindile Gwala - has implored all Africans to become the change they want to see in the world