BY RAHIMU JABENDO
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?