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Deaths of Foreigners in South Africa Viewed As African ‘Self-Hate’

Source: Nathi Ngubane/The Daily Vox

Source: Nathi Ngubane/The Daily Vox

Xenophobic attacks in Durban have escalated over the past week. Foreign owned shops in KwaMashu were torched and looted by a mob of “thousands” on Sunday, overwhelming police. On Monday, a mob entered the Durban CBD and threatened foreign nationals, who ran for cover. Shots were fired and Durban’s metro police were called to intervene.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, meanwhile, has been loathe to describe the violence as xenophobia, choosing instead to describe it as “afrophobia.” Police minister Nathi Nhleko, who according to News24 referred to the violence as a form of African “self-hate,” has said the situation was not yet desperate enough to warrant army intervention.

As Pierre de Vos wrote in January, xenophobia in South Africa has much in common with apartheid-era thinking. “This feeling of apartness from the rest of our continent and from its people (exhibited by some, but obviously not all, South Africans) must surely be partly blamed on the political isolation of South Africa during the apartheid years… Some South Africans have probably also internalized some of the racist thinking on which the apartheid regime was built.”

But, our Constitution specifically protects foreign nationals. Why then is there no space for our African brothers and sisters in the so-called rainbow nation?

Source: thedailyvox.co.za

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5 thoughts on “Deaths of Foreigners in South Africa Viewed As African ‘Self-Hate’

  1. These are Africans you guys are hunting down. This is African hate and barbaric of you guys. Stop the hate and get civilized SA brothers and sisters. Go to ANC and protest your situations instead.

  2. These are Africans you guys are hunting down. This is African hate and barbaric of you guys. Stop the hate and get civilized SA brothers and sisters. Go to ANC and protest your situations instead.

  3. Colonial mentality and self hate. We balck people in general need to do something about that.

  4. Shame to these minority of South Africans, All Africans were fighting with you when Apartheid ruled, I'm from Angola/Kongo and we helped house your leaders in my country, you can ask your President Jacob Zouma. stop this. let's unite Africa and stop hating just because someone took your girlfriend, if they did I'm sure she gave it up willingly. Peace.

  5. Gibson Ampaw says:

    Now I know why the whites are leaving S.Africa in droves.

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