Government unveils app to help counter xenophobic violence

Government unveils app to help counter xenophobic violence

Naledi Pandor, Minister of Science and Technology, revealed a mobile application which has been created to support the government’s efforts against attacks on foreign nationals. The app has officially been launched on 24 April 2015. Called “We are Africa”, this mobile app is set to provide an online platform for the public to pledge their support for the campaign against these attacks.

The app has two key functions. One is for Internet-enabled user to pledge their support. The app will automatically record the geographic local of the user, which allows an analysis of spatially-based sentiments and patterns to take place. It improves the decision-making process. Users will have to option to provide their demographic details.

The second key function is to enable the user to report any incident or potential incident of violence or icitement. This could allow the authorities such as the SAPS or Metro Police to respond in a quick and efficient manner. Tchisseke Vicente from Angola and Herve Ntubi from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are two of the people who developed the app.

Before the launch of the application took place, there were various peace marches held in Johannesburg and Durban.

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