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Day April 16, 2015


Many of us are very disturbed by the killings of immigrants in South African townships. It is clear that South Africa needs to sort herself out. It is important to ensure unity in the spirit of renaissance and pan-Africanism across our troubled continent generally – and clearly, we have lost a lot of ground: traction gained during the presidencies of Mbeki and Obasanjo and other Heads of States/Governments that toiled with them to reenergize our continental renewal appears to be quickly dissipating.

We are dealing with a case of scramble over limited resources spurring envy that culminate to Afro/Xeno-phobia. Unfortunately, the leadership in South Africa appears fast-asleep.The world is still paying a price for the 2008 global economic meltdown that unleashed severe forms of income disparity.There is nothing wrong with nationalism per se. The culprit is inequitable distribution of resources within these various societies.

it just seems to be exacerbated by the difference in wealth between the rich south africa and the poorer other African states whose people migrate down south looking for a better life.And this is exacerbated, too, by the difference in wealth between the rich white South Africans of about 5 million people (out of approximately 53 million) who still control about 85% to 90% of the economy and resist equitable land reform etc.

S. Africa has used foreign labor for a very long time; the Zimbabweans, the tswana, and before them Indians, not to mention whites using black slave labor. They always seem to have built their wealth on constructing difference to exploit the labor of others.So it is so so disturbing when the black rule is established not to see a stronger ethic of social justice, of welcoming other black Africans, whose nations supported their struggle, or whose labor built their wealth, whose blood was shed, is still shed, in their damn mines.

Throughout most African countries, citizenship and what it means, remains the unresolved issue. Words and expressions such as “indigenes,” “ancestral lands,” and “sons of the soil” feature well in practical applications of citizenship within each country. Failure to deal fully and effectively with this issue will continue to affect the ability of certain individuals and groups to contribute to national development.For instance, why did M7 grant rwandese citizenship in 1995 as if Uganda didnt have other refugees in the country?


The tragedy of the xenophobia in South Africa is saddening. The ANC must take most if not all the blame for it for reasons that include:

i) It has abysmally failed to tell and retell black South Africans the true story of South Africa’s liberation and the role and sacrifices played and made respectively, by good people everywhere and especially Africans and their countries’ governments, to ensure the successful conclusion what was without question the last epic struggle against colonialism in Africa in the 20th century.

ii) It over-promised on the dividends of liberation and has made insufficient in adequate honest effort to deliver even on deliverables

iii) It has grossly mismanaged the economy of a richly endowed country such that a majority of her long suffering citizens are in many cases poorer that they were under apartheid, and still or need to be.

iv) It encourages xenophobia in words and action including laws and policy implementation.

v) It has not acted sincerely and responsibly in holding accountable, perpetrators of South African crimes against both legal and illegally immigrants.

It is an appalling travesty of reason and good sense that a people who suffered unfathomable discrimination and other injustices for decades because of who they are, have apparently little hesitation in visiting equivalent and in some cases worse injustice on others because of who these others are, so soon after their emancipation.

The Zulu king has been reported to fan the embers of hatred of foreigners. Do black South Africans not remember that Mangosuthu Buthelezi- a Zulu Chief and a close confidant of the Zulu King Godwin, perhaps more than other high profile black South Africans, worked the hardest to delay the liberation of black South Africans? This man as founder and leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party was a happy Chief Minister of Kwazulu Bantustan, and in the opinion of many, a trophy collaborator of the Apartheid regime. He was a determined critic and opponent of The ANC. He travelled the world on the Apartheid regime’s budget denouncing Nelson Mandela and the ANC. As a Cabinet Minister, he took his Prime Minister Thabo Mbeki to court and prayed the court to force stricter immigration rules than the Mbeki government proposed. Is this Chief still at work?

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