Radio QFM has blacked out the playing of South African music effective Yesterday , April 17th in protest against xenophobic attacks on foreign nationals taking place in that country.
The move to black out South African music indefinitely started at 06:00 hours in solidarity with Africans who have fallen victim to xenophobic attacks in Durban and KwaZulu Natal province.
As the biggest private music radio station in Zambia, with a listenership not only in our country, but across the globe via live internet streaming and satellite platforms, we feel 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 forefathers of the continent fought for.
We therefore call for the need for Africans to co-exist as brothers and sisters regardless of whichever country they come from.
We regret the deaths of five people who have so far died in xenophobic attacks in South Africa, and we call 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.