The xenophobia plague that has infected South Africans has taken an ugly turn as people share videos of mass lynch, vandalism and protests against foreigners whom they feel are dominating their employment positions.
A Facebook user, Ezinwa Micheal Minister shared this video on Friday, February 24 and said that South Africans marched out in protest against foreigners and are killing Nigerians and stealing from their stores in the neighbourhoods of the country.
Here’s what Micheal said as he cries out for vengeance in a full statement below:
“BROTHERS HOW LONG CAN WE STILL KEEP QUITE AND THIS SOME SOUTH AFRICANS ARE KILLING OUR BROTHER STEALING FROM OUR SHOPS THIS KILLING HAPPEN TODAY IN GERMISTON THIS HAPPEN BEFORE ME BUT THEY DNT KNOW AM A NIGERIA IF NOT I HOLD MY SELF AND I WAS THE ONLY NIGERIAN THERE I WANTED TO FIGHT.
“WE CANT KEEP WATCHING THIS PEOPLE KILLING OUR PEOPLE LIKE THIS YOU DONT KNOW WHETHER U ARE NEXT LETS DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS IF IT WILL MAKE US ALL GO BACK WE DO WHAT WE SHOULD DO AND GO BACK AND I THINK IS BETTER I CANT TAKE THIS ANY MORE.
“IF IS FIGHT THEY WANT EVEN TOMORROW THEY WANT TO PROTESTS THEN SO BE IT FOR ME AM READY FOR THEM EISH”
Despite failed attempt by the SA’s Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, to deflect blame and label the violence anything but xenophobia, the evidence remains too strong in this video.
According to the Minister:
“Nobody has ever been attacked in South Africa purely because they’re from another country?”
The pathetic agenda of the main group behind the protests, Mamelodi Concerned Residents, is their blame on foreign nationals for taking jobs and the accusation that they are involved in prostitution rings and drug cartels, accusations which have been denied by immigrant communities.
BBC reported that earlier this week, angry mobs attacked Nigerians and looted shops belonging to Somalis, Pakistani and other migrants in townships around Pretoria and parts of Johannesburg.
The South African president, Jacob Zuma has condemned the acts of violence and intimidation directed at African immigrants living in the country and tagged many of these foreigners as law abiding people who have contributed to the economy.Zuma stated.
“It is wrong to brandish all non-nationals as drug dealers or human traffickers. Let us isolate those who commit such crimes and work with (the) government to have them arrested, without stereotyping and causing harm to innocent people.”
Xenophobia has crept into SA once again after its worse outbreak against foreigners in 2008 when more than 60 people were lynched. This inhumane act is said to be instigated by selfish political entrepreneurs who uses xenophobia to boost their career.
A Johannesburg mayor, Herman Mashaba was mentioned as one of such opportunist. HuffingtonPost reported that in December, the mayor blamed criminality on the African National Congress (ANC) failure to prevent “foreign criminals” from coming into South Africa.
Nigerians are already crying foul play, calling people to fight back and just yesterday, citizens in the capital city, Abuja, attacked the South African owned company MTN in the state. Nigeria government have reached out to SA leaders to find a lasting solution and end the violence against Nigerians living over there.
Moreso, many other African countries affected, are already staging their defence against anti-immigrant protesters who aim to attacked or kill them. There’s fear that if the violent continue in SA, it will create reinforcing cycles of violence in other African countries.