Xenophobic attacks are common in South Africa. Xenophobia is the fear of strangers, or in this case, Africans from other African countries.
Though this is one of many hate crimes in South Africa, the biggest victim group of hate crimes in South Africa is the white minority group.
Hate Crimes against the white minority is totally ignored due to political correctness and politics by the black nationalist ANC regime.
The Port Elizabeth Herald reports the following: Sunday, June 02, 2013,
PORT Elizabeth’s northern areas exploded into lethal, xenophobic violence yesterday as angry foreign nationals retaliated against widespread looting of their shops in Booysen Park.
Accompanied by men clad in bullet-proof vests and brandishing firearms, the shop owners – in a convoy of 20 cars – took to the streets in large groups to protect what was left of their possessions.
At least one Somali died in yesterday’s violence, allegedly after being brutally hacked with pangas and stoned by protesters as his brothers watched helplessly.
Two foreign-owned shops were also burnt down, a bus was torched and crowds tried to petrolbomb a TV news crew vehicle.
The bus was later stripped by residents for scrap metal.
READ: South Africa: Hate crimes against people of “non-colour”
After hearing of the death in Booysen Park, Somali women in Korsten blocked Durban Road.
“This is a silent genocide that the government is doing nothing about. These hooligan acts are leaving kids without their fathers,” Alimo Mohammud, a leader of the Somali women, said.
The violence, which started with an anti-crime protest earlier in the week, swiftly turned into a confrontation between protesters and foreign shop owners yesterday.
But the foreign shop owners did not just sit back and take it.
The confrontation came about 9am as the foreign group, accompanied by armed men, approached a shop in Booysen informal settlement where looters were preparing to go in.
Surprised by the army of men in the convoy, they screamed and ran off in different directions.
As police approached, the foreign group jumped back into their cars and fled.
A website Mareeg reported on the stoning of a Somali resident in South Africa. (City unknown but 50/50 chance to be the black township in Cape Town )
Do not watch if you are easily upset
A Somali being stoned to death in South Africa xenophobic attack watch the video one man man who use social net to comment on this say :
The is horrific scene… I feel sorry for this man…God Has a Mercy on him.. This People are Cannibalizes, they are Animals… They have to face capital banishment for they brutal Murder…. This is my message to south African Government if they don’t find this individuals who did this.. We will consider this case as an active motivated by the government of South Africa. and we will retaliate in any given time.. .
R.I.P This Young-man who did nothing but earning hid bread.
Fred Khumalu that writes for the South African newspaper, The Sundayworld, has the following to say:
“WELL, you gotta be kidding me!” An American friend gasped when I wrote to him about how Zimbabwean asylum seekers were attacking and looting shops belonging to Somalis in Diepsloot, apparently because the latter were “more foreign” than them.
I know, I know, I am oversimplifying a complex phenomenon which has been called by some “selective xenophobia”.
Certain nationalities appear to be at the receiving end of attacks by members of other national groups as my country, not so long ago a paragon of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, became the epitome of insane bigotry and cultural intolerance.
About the Diepsloot upsurge, reports indicate that a Somali shopkeeper shot dead two Zimbabweans who had apparently stolen from him. Fellow Zimbabweans then sought to avenge the deaths, thus igniting a wave of attacks on Somalis.
Even those South Africans who had nothing to do with the apparent animosity between the Zimbabweans and Somalis got caught in the cauldron. The criminal element had crept in.
Copycat ethnic attacks were reported in other parts of the country. Politicians spent inordinate amounts of radio airtime and newspaper space pointing out that these attacks were not xenophobic. They were not a repeat of what had happened in 2008 in some parts of Gauteng where foreigners – mainly Zimbabweans and Mozambicans – fell under attack from locals.
Yes, there was an element of truth in what the politicians were saying. But their endless rationalisations were not addressing the issue: there was violence in the streets and it had to be dealt with immediately.
As a country we were delivered from apartheid by a struggle that was guided by a respect for human rights. When the ANC government came to power, it accordingly adopted a human rights-based constitution and a bill of rights.
The rights flowing from these documents come with responsibilities. One of these responsibilities is respect for human life. The other is racial and ethnic tolerance. It is also about embracing victims of despotism from other countries, in as much as the world embraced us when some of us were fleeing the jackboot of apartheid.
That foreign nationals are in this country cannot be changed.
When a sliver of sunshine suddenly appears on the other side of the mountain it is likely to draw towards it people who have through the years been shivering and starving in the shadow of the mountain on the other side.
Their destination and the promise of fulfilment that is suggested therein becomes their primary focus.
It is overshadowed by the fear of temporary setbacks.
That’s how I look at human migration: when our early forebears left Africa for foreign climes during the first wave of human migration, they were ill-prepared for the unforgiving weather of Europe. But they were determined to find another home for themselves as Africa was proving inadequate and limited.
Those who made it to foreign climes had to adapt. The survivors became tough.
Centuries later, the trend was reversed as humanity flowed back to the continent. There were now signs and symbols that the continent, hitherto unforgiving, could be tamed and made to yield sustenance for both the “returnees” and those who had never left the continent.
The “returnees” who had been toughened through years of trekking in Europe and elsewhere, clashed with the locals who had never left. The rest is history.
That, in a nutshell, is the story of modern day South Africa. With the demise of apartheid it became abundantly clear that this country had more potential to be developed further for the sustenance of both locals and “others” from the continent itself, and from the wider human diaspora.
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The new migrants are here to stay, no matter the challenges facing them. It is, however, the responsibility of those in power to ensure that migration is orderly and controlled – just as it is in many parts of the world.
Some of our people have been blamed as being lazy, not prepared to work as hard as the foreigners. Yes, our people lack the entrepreneurial spirit exhibited by the newly arrived; but this is not laziness. It’s all about experience.
Many of these nationals peddling goods from the streets or from rented garages in the townships were shrewd businessmen in their own countries, with vast experience and education. Entrepreneurship will have to be taught and encouraged among our people.
It is an inevitable international reality that people will continue to migrate. But this can only be sustainable if the immigrant brings to his new host country rare skills and education, rather than going there cap in hand, to compete with locals over scarce resources as we have seen in Diepsloot and other townships.
It is human nature that the less fortunate will find scapegoats, blaming their ill-fortune on outside circumstances.
If it is not witchcraft, then it will be “foreigners who are taking our jobs, winning over our women, and gradually taking over our country”. This is the logic of a desperate person.
In America, the poorer members of that society blame their ill fortune on Latinos or Eastern Europeans; in Germany the Turks are attacked for “taking the jobs” of the natives, and so it goes on.
Our leaders should stop intellectualising about a problem – debating whether it is xenophobia or something else; they must find immediate solutions.
Jerking up our immigration policies will have a stabilising effect in the medium to long term.
Cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit in our country will also go a long way towards equipping the less educated members of society with survival skills.
Once you have dealt with these harsh realities of an economically challenged and socially evolving country, then the touchy-feely factor of good neighbourliness and social cohesion will take care of itself. It can’t be foisted upon a desperate people.
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