“It was no longer about the shooting anymore but hatred towards us Somalians” says shop owner.
Violent crime against immigrants was discussed at an information session hosted by the Institute for Healing of Memories and with the Claremont Main Road Mosque in Dunoon on Africa Day last week.
Foreign shop-owners in South Africa are accused of selling counterfeit food and food beyond its sell-by date. These claims are driven by politically charged opinions, not evidence.
The South African government says it will continue to enforce immigration legislation with “full might of the law” and “no respite”.
Recent xenophobic and Afrophobic utterances by Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu, two of the leading figures in South Africa’s EFF party, fly in the face of Africanism and ubuntu, says Blessing Vava.
An organization in Johannesburg, South Africa Sophie A Kanza Foundation on Africa Day launches a video to promote Afrophobia Awareness and help efforts to fight the scourge.
Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki was inaugurated as the new Chancellor of the University of South Africa (UNISA) this week. Mbeki condemned the xenophobic attacks and said “Those who organise and participate in these attacks, which must stop, must know that there is absolutely nothing revolutionary, progressive, patriotic, acceptable or of service to the people.”
Government’s proposals to clampdown on immigration and a recent disgraceful xenophobic march against African and Asian nationals living in South Africa reveals a society from top to bottom, across the political spectrum, confused and at odds with the values embraced by its Constitution.
Foreign African nationals are facing xenophobic attacks again in South Africa. This repeated action which seems to always find Nigeria at the centre has caused more friction, both diplomatically and within the citizens of the two countries. Strong reactions have come from Nigeria where many South African businesses operate, with threats made against South African businesses based in Nigeria.