Thousands of Tamils in South Africa have asked the new President Jacob Zuma to speak out against the alleged atrocities on their community in Sri Lanka's north where fighting continues between the army and the LTTE.
"The ruling ANC has always supported the rights of Tamils in Sri Lanka and we now want President Zuma to speak out at the atrocities taking place in Sri Lanka at the moment," said Richard Govender, chairperson of the Tamil Co-Ordinating Committee.
The Committee recently held a march through Durban to highlight the plight of Tamils in the north and east parts of the country. Besides, one of the committee members went on a week-long hunger strike for the Tamils' cause.
Govender said the killing of hundreds of civlians and the bombing of the only hospital in the war zone were against human rights standards. "We cannot just stand by and watch our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka being killed and have their rights violated. This is genocide and we want South Africa and the world to take up the issue," the committee said.
"The Tamil diaspora around the world is appealing to all people in India and other countries to take action," Govender said. He said they would hold another protest march in Durban tomorrow to highlight the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka.