Friday, 17 April 2015

Calling socio-economic challenges xenophobic is shortsighted: By T.M Ngesi

Foreign nationals that were chased away the previous night from the community of Bottle's brush informal settlement in Chatsworth fetching their belongings as the leave the area for safer place during the recent escalating xenophobia attacks on them across the Province.
Image by: The Times

This desire is not different from what the global and regional elites are trying to do in the whole world and continents.
The use of words and their meaning is therefore very important. For instance we are called African brothers and sisters and we all know there is nothing like that. The entire continent is infested by leaders who kill their own and deprive them of economic opportunities. (Hence some of them come here).

If you do not believe me ask anyone for a definition of African and you will get answers as many as the people you ask. Secondly in South Africa we experimented with what is called UBUNTU. Those who were at the forefront of that experiment (mostly politicians) told us that it means you are because I am.
The truth has been that a few people have made it their business to loot state resources in the name of Black Economic Empowerment. These few do not care if millions have no jobs and cannot provide for their families. The few jobs that become available are reserved for a few who are politically connected comrades.

Presently we have a fight mostly within the South African informal economy where South Africans feels hardly done by a government and a business sector which has set idle when people break every laws of the country.
In this informal economy there are no rules, money is being laundered, crime is the norm, tax evasion and avoidance is the order to the day. South Africans are helplessly being turned into a welfare case whilst the government they voted for is looking the other way.

Why did it take a King Zwelithini to acknowledge the pain of unemployed South Africans, when the South African elite at best are quite, at worst blame the same South Africans for all sorts of things under the sun.
The word 'xenophobia' is a political construct meant to benefit the South African elite in their business dealings outside the country. To pretend and falsify history by saying that during apartheid South Africans were economic refugees in Africa will not help solve the violence taking place within the informal economy.

We need to address the problem, and in addressing the problem the South Africa elite must give all South Africans the voice to express themselves.
The SABC must become a true public broadcaster and give all South Africans a voice. South Africa must truly belong to all who live in it, and those who come from foreign lands must respect us and follow due process if they want to belong to this great country that has experienced so much pain.
Proudly South African   

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