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Radio QFM has blacked out the playing of South African music effective today, April 17th in protest against xenophobic attacks on foreign national taking place in that country.
The move to black out South African music indefinitely which took effect at 06:00 hours is in solidarity with Africans who have fallen victim to xenophobic attacks in Durban and KwaZulu Natal province.
In a press release, Managing Director Asan Nyama has stated that considering that QFM has a listenership not only in Zambia, but across the globe via live internet streaming and satellite platform, the station feels duty bound to voice out in protest at the attacks on foreign nationals by South Africans by stopping the air play of South African music.
Considering it is not the first time that foreign nationals are being targeted in xenophobic attacks in South Africa, there is need to send a clear message to South Africans that violence on fellow Africans negates African unity which the continent’s forefather fought for.
Mr Nyama has called for the need for Africans to co-exist as brothers and sisters regardless of whichever country they come from.
He says we regrets the deaths of five people who have so far died in xenophobic attacks in South Africa, calling for an end to such brutal murders.
We also call on the South African government to arrest the situation before more precious lives are lost, and bring the perpetrators of such heinous crimes to book