For over five years now, Africans have supported the mass killing of their fellow African brothers and sisters. Countries like Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, Somalia, and South Africa have been blacklisted by many research experts in homicide and genocide attacks. South Africa, a country that has witnessed one of the worst forms of racial segregation on the African soil, witnesses the molesting and killing of Africans (especially people of colour) simply because they reside and work in the country.
For years, South Africa has experienced a rise in what can be termed “xenophobic” violence, but in a recent report President Jacob Zuma denies this fact. All the while, President Zuma states that authorities will crack down on undocumented workers and condemns the violence. Regardless, South African foreign affairs administrators should remember that every immigrant in their country with a visa is entitled to complete protection and respect of their fundamental human rights.
On February 24, 2017, a group of South African nationals organized a march, which they claimed would be “peaceful.” Later on, it was made clear that was to deceive local and international authorities. Xenophobic propaganda and demonstrations are becoming more prominent in Pretoria and prominent cities of South Africa. Recently, a group of South Africans, who are located in Pretoria, torched, looted, and killed in the name of stopping crime committed by foreigners. Aside from these facts, some experts in crime investigation say that some of this barbaric attitude is motivated by the fact that foreigners are committing crime in South Africa and that they have been able to economically prosper where locals have not. However, a lot of groups have condemned the plans to march because of the ideology behind it.
In addition, on Thursday, a member of the Gauteng Civic Association against crime Mammetlwe Sebei said he condemns the march and the killings. However, he made a good statement when he said “the march appears to target foreign nationals while the grievances are really the fault of the government and their ability in failing to tackle crime.
Following these developments, the question on ever human rights activist mind: what can be done to calm fears about foreigners working in the “Rainbow Nation.””
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