Several community groups, which included foreign nationals, marched to the Union Buildings on 9 March 2017 in protest against the recent xenophobic attacks across the country. The march was organised by the "Coalition of Civics Against Xenophobia", which is a "coalition of South Africans and foreigners living in South Africa.

It later emerged that, according to Tshwane Metro Police, that the march was deemed illegal as the Metro Police alleged that organisers didn't obtain the required permission to march to the Union Buildings.

This march comes a couple of weeks after the anti immigrants march by some residents of the City of Tshwane which was co-incidentally said to have been legal and approved by the Tshwane Metro Police.

The Anti Xenophobia march was peaceful compared to the anti immigrants march that preceded a few weeks back in the City of Tshwane. It concluded with a memorandum of grievances and demands being read outside the Union Buildings, these included a demand that Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba be investigated for his statements about immigrants which are said to have sparked some of the xenophobic attacks.

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