2 million undocumented West African migrants mostly Ghanaians were chased out of Nigeria in 1983. Around this time, Nigeria was not so long ago the strongest economic muscle in Africa and Ghana was the opposite. Migrants were called “aliens” in Nigeria. During the expelling and the horrific exodus, dozens of soul’s were lost
About 4 decades later, conversely, it is seen as xenophobia in SA.
SA tax payers have been provisioning medical care, free schooling, subsidised electricity, water and social welfare grants extended to immigrants so that their children never go hungry, relate this to any country in Africa?
It is peacefull in SADEC and there is no refugee camp to send them to. They enjoy our land and infrastructure, they can open businesses and trade freely in any venture they choose; relate this to any African country?
About 7 million African immigrants in SA compared to few apartheid fighters who were in exile, this is a nonsensical heterogeneous comparison. There were no more than 20 000 SA citizens in exile at any given time. Our exiles were given training camps out in the bush, to sort themselves. They were asked for documentation and jailed if they went to towns, they were in barracks all the time. Special cases applied to the very few who did not have document’s. Some of our fighters were expelled from Mozambique, in Zimbabwe, in Tanzania, Uganda and others. It is in Angola, Zambia few more where they were not expelled.
Though Xenophobia is condemned, let us understand the reasons behind the violent actions. Pan Africanism and history does not level drugs, human trafficking, prostitution, open refusal to obey law and prosecution. An adult perpetuating drugs business and maintain that they dont force anyone to buy them is hatred to another human being at its best.
Call my people lazy then go back to your land and be strong there, otherwise you are a weak coward. We are stong in that we fought for liberation, we will love and protect our land. We remain in our land fight for what is rightfully our, for the sake of our loved ones and the generation to come. You call us weak and lazy yet when we revolt against your illegal doing you call us xenephobic?
The fight against drugs, explicit prositution, human trafficking, rape disguised as christianism or crime at large should not be confused with xenophobia.