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A NATION OF HATE

From the Mandela Tax imposed

From the Mandela Tax imposed on Nigerian citizens (to help those who fought apartheid) to Zambia hosting the ANC (allowing the ANC to operate in its country), you would think a democratic South Africa would be a safe place for Africans seeking to benefit from the opportunities found in South Africa. But the stark reality is that besides its the dark secrets of apartheid, another secret rearing its ugly head is South Africa’s xenophobic nature.

Nothing in terms of numbers is really on record prior to 1994 of the xenophobic attacks then. However, with the recent attacks and the attacks prior, notably those of 2008, one may wonder if South Africans know the detriment it does to their fragile economy (which is healing) and much more to mention.

More regrettable then anything is the video below of the Deputy Minister of Police, Bongani Mkongi, who to be fair may have relevant points to mention if one is objective. However, his approach in the matter regarding foreigners and crime is very divisive and irresponsible. It may be argued, his speech is also responsible for the recent attacks. This man should resign and shows his incompetence. “…one day there will be a foreigner as a president of South Africa…” this statement and other remarks made makes one wonder if this person is fit for his role.

Well, yes, it’s true they may be someone of foreign descent becoming president in the future. Especially if this person becomes South African (since when is this an issue?).

What Deputy Bongani fails to note, is that like the great Madiba said South Africa is a “Rainbow Nation”. From Bantu migration to European exploration and South-East Asians coming in this country. South Africa like America is a nation of immigrants. It’s not like most African countries, it is not homogenous, it may have been once when the Khoi and the San, the natives of this land, wandered around. But now as a state, a republic, its an African state with historical exceptionalism that it needs to embrace. Its time it took its role as an African superpower, led by example and removed such leaders from power.

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