ANTHONY MUTETI

Anthony Muteti is a Zimbabwean former teacher, current activist, human rights campaigner and a refugee since 2003. He was born in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo Province in 1969 and obtained a BSc Honors Degree in Politics and Administration from the University of Zimbabwe in 1991. He worked as a teacher in Zimbabwe for ten years whilst being actively involved in civil society organisations dealing with human rights advocacy and community mobilization. As a result, he became a victim of the politically motivated violence in Zimbabwe in 2002 before fleeing to South Africa in 2003, where he was granted refugee status. After teaching at Grasspark High School in 2008, he also had other short teaching stints at two other high schools on the Cape Flats. He joined PASSOP in 2007 and helped set up the Imizamo Yethu branch in Hout Bay. He was actively involved with the Hout Bay Partnership for Development and other community structures, was a member of a UNHCR team that assessed the vulnerability of foreigners in South Africa, and is actively involved in a number of different community activities especially among Zimbabweans. He was displaced in November 2009 from Imizamo Yethu following an outbreak of xenophobic violence there. After running an anti-xenophobia help desk project in 2011, he also helped on expanding PASSOP’s community branch structures in townships and low-income communities in the Western Cape and beyond. Anthony left PASSOP in 2014 to join Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation and is currently working on his Masters (UWC)

XAVIER BEN KALALA

Xavier Ben Kalala is a Congolese teacher, human right activist and an Asylum seeker. He was born in THE DRC IN 1974 and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in theology and a diploma in human resource management. He was an English teacher in Kinshasa whilst being involved in civil society organizations. He joined VAC in 2013 where he worked as the ‘Reading and Writing Project’ Coordinator’s assistant. He is fluent in French, English and Lingala. He works to raise awareness of human rights violations and violence and access to social justice.

NONKOSAZANA SIMAKA

Nonkosazana was born in 1977 and she came to Cape Town in 2000 from a small town in the Eastern Cape in hopes of obtaining employment and adding to her studies. Since 2000 Nonkosazana has been actively involved in organizations concerned with issues of xenophobia. Being one of the millions of South Africans who migrate within the country in order to find employment, she felt a connection to the struggles of other migrants. In 2011 she joined PASSOP nonprofit organization after the death (from starvation) of Zimbabwean Adonis Musati outside the Home Affairs Refugee Reception Centre in Cape Town inspired her to become more actively involved in the issues. She is one of the original staff members at PASSOP. Now she is now working at Voice of Africans For Change specialising in office administration. After three years of maternity leave to raise four children she returned and joined the gender-based violence counselling unit. She adds a very vibrant Xhosa energy to the office!

GERMAIN KOLUMBO

Born in Kinshasa,in the Democratic Republic of Congo in late 1976,Germain Kalombo Ntambue attended the Lisanga Bokeleale Primary school before to get his matric in 1996 at the Lycee Dr.Shaumba,a protestant school.In 1996,he started his studies in Law at the Protestant University of Congo and will obtain his degree in 2001.Human Rights activist,He moved to South Africa in 2006 motivated by dictatorship in his homeland.Co-founder of the Voice of Africans for Change,He did attend number of conferences and training on Refugees Rights,ICC and others.He is currently the Advocate Officer at the Voice of Africans for Change.

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