South Africa: Govt. unveils app to counter xenophobic violence

Anti-Xenophobia Peace March - Durban.

Anti-Xenophobia Peace March - Durban.
Anti-Xenophobia Peace March – Durban.

South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, has unveiled a mobile app, which is set to support the government’s efforts against attacks on foreign nationals.

The app launched on 24 April 2015. The ‘We are Africa’ mobile app is set to provide an online platform for the public to pledge their support for the campaign against the attacks. This is according to SAnews.gov.za.

The app has two key functions, one for users of internet-enabled devices to pledge their support. The app will automatically capture the geographic location of the person, which will allow an analysis of spatially-based sentiments and patterns, thereby supporting decision-making. The app will give users the option of providing their demographic details.

Secondly, the user will be able to report any incident or potential incident of violence or incitement. This could enable relevant authorities such as the SAPS or the Metro Police to respond swiftly. Two of the people who developed the app are from Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo respectively, named Tchisseke Vicente and Herve Ntubi.

Before the launch of the application, various peace marches were held in Johannesburg, and in Durban in South Africa.

The app will be available on Android, Apple, and Windows Phone devices soon.

Staff Writer