In the past few years, foreigners is South Africa have experienced despicably horrendous attacks including the most recent ones of 2017, this has left academics and intellectuals with series of questions, of which one of them could obviously be, who is behind all the mess?
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By Lotara Charles – The Editor
The black on black xenophobia in South Africa has been something which neither the African Union (AU) and other continental regional bodies have ceased to focus on from the onset. The first xenophobic attacks occurred in 2008 under the leadership of Kgalema Motlanthe , followed by the 2015 and 2017 horrific burning of fellow foreign Africans under the watch of president Jacob Zuma.
South Africa is one of the largest and fastest growing economies on the continent and for that reason, it is a home to a bunch of foreign nationals mostly from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Somalia and some from other parts of the continent who are seeking for greener economic pasture, and security.
While it is typical that African leaders only need the masses in times of elections, not a single one of them has ever released a statement condemning the attacks, this raises a question on who they stand for.
When the second attacks happened in 2015, Zimbabwean president and the then AU Chairman, Robert Mugabe said, “South Africa still needs to be liberated.” Mugabe who is also the founder and chair of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) also hit out at black South Africans for seeing white men as super humans, a statement which is literally true.