Dear Members of the Regent Business School Community
The Executive, Faculty, Staff and Students of REGENT BUSINESS SCHOOL note with sincere regret and condemnation the recent human tragedy that has unfolded in the form of xenophobic attacks against foreign nationals and the ongoing national violence against women and children in South Africa.
Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the victims of these violent acts, some of whom have tragically lost their lives.
As an active contributor to Pan-African higher Education, cultural diversity, international exchange, knowledge production and innovation, REGENT BUSINESS SCHOOL upholds high ethical standards for both its students and staff and believes that conflicts are resolvable in all cases through mutual dialogue and non-violence.
REGENT BUSINESS SCHOOL underscores the need for South Africa to address the root cause of such conflicts. Xenophobia and crimes against women and children have no place in South Africa, a nation that espouses the principles of Ubuntu and upholds Human Rights which defend the sanctity of life, human dignity, equality and non-discrimination.
Towards this end REGENT BUSINESS SCHOOL commits itself to the goals of dialogue, integration and collaboration with a view to claim our common humanity. Further, we call on all business leaders and our students to set the example in their organisations, to eradicate prejudice, discrimination, harassment and any other factors that tend to normalise gender-based or xenophobic violence.
We call on government to do more to protect all our citizens, especially those of foreign origin and our women and children. The efforts in halting these criminal attacks and bringing perpetrators to justice must be swift and categorical.
REGENT BUSINESS SCHOOL stands in solidarity with victims of these unfortunate incidents and is unwavering in the pursuit of non-violent means of conflict resolution.
Let us pray for peace and sanity to prevail in our beautiful country and for all those who live in it.
Dr Ahmed Shaikh