Xenophobia frightens hell into me, not only as a member of a minority group but as a human being trying to see a future for us all in a South Africa that never stops crying.
Xenophobia has struck our small town of Knysna before and we, as a community, did little if anything about it. It’s as easy to be hopeless as it is to have a hopeless opinion about hate that has no valid argument.
Surely it stems from individuals who fill their personal holes of unemployment, drugs and threatened ego by blaming someone else rather than those truly responsible. In that moment they deliver death to an immigrant, they truly become worthless because only oneself can hammer that final nail.
The hypocritical ANC promotes negativity towards foreigners yet when it’s economic partners moan at it, they denounce it as if they weren’t part of the cause. But let me not make this an ANC or a ‘black thing’. What is the DA-led Knysna Municipality doing to try prevent such madness here? Where are the education campaigns? Where are the low-paying jobs produced en masse? Doing nothing will only make them complicit in future crimes because our tougher, financial future guarantees bigger social problem monsters.
May the brave photos of James Oatway and the sad, unnecessary death of Emmanuel Sithole remind us to be human and that it’s an ‘everybody thing’ because we all live here. Read and view more at http://naija247news.com/2015/04/the-brutal-death-of-emmanuel-sithole.