Not All South Africans Are Xenophobic! – Femi Oshin

Not All South Africans Are Xenophobic! – Femi Oshin

Xenophobia in South Africa. Prior to 1994, immigrants from elsewhere faced discrimination and even violence in South Africa. … In May 2008, a series of attacks left 62 people dead; although 21 of those killed were South African citizens. The attacks were apparently motivated by xenophobia.

Contrary to popular opinion globally that South Africans are xenophobic, unfolding events in the rainbow nation have proved otherwise.

South Africa has one of the highest number of Africans and non Africans immigrants in Africa.

South Africa has provided business opportunities for thousands of young Africans more than many African nations.

South Africa has provided asylum and refugee status for thousands of Africans.

South Africa has one of the highest number of African immigrants who are involved in small and medium scale businesses in Africa.

South African women are the most open-minded who have married other Africans than any other African women in Africa.

South Africa has the highest number children from international marriages and relations within Africa.

South Africa has one of the highest numbers of African pastors on her soil.

South Africa has one of one the highest number of African students on her soil.

However, violent xenophobic attacks in Mzanzi that has blinded many from the other great values and virtues of South Africa.

Truly, foreigners, majorly from Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh have been attacked and their businesses destroyed by opportunist miscreants in South Africa who hide under the guise of protesting against foreigners who are taking their jobs.

Unfortunately, these attacks have happened often in the last decade.

Ignorantly, some of these miscreants believe that Afticans who are struggling to make ends meet are taking their jobs when their real problem is laziness.

Truthfully though, some Africans living in South Africa live liverecklessly and above the margin of the law creating wrong impressions and perceptions.

Truly, few Africans are involved in some illegal businesses and some of them conduct these businesses openly and shamelessly.

Some foolishly peddle drugs on the street and in some communities whilst the citizens see them.

In the same vein, there are millions of Africans who are doing businesses legitimately and have contributed immensely to the growth of the South African economy.

South Africans should also acknowledge this truth and appreciate these economic immigrants.

As Africans, we can live together peacefully and make our continent better.

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Femi Oshin is a publisher at Nigeriansinsouthafrica.ca.za and Producer /Presenter of Agogo Ayo on Africa Magic Yoruba.

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