Pay heed to Shenge’s words

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Non­to­beko Ntokozo Selepe Gaut­eng

I was hum­bled when Inkosi Man­go­suthu Buthelezi re­minded guests at­tend­ing last Satur­day’s re­launch of the late Pro­fes­sor Mazisi Kunene’s books on King Shaka, that at­tack­ing our broth­ers and sis­ters from the African con­ti­nent was not a so­lu­tion, but co­ex­is­tence and a give-and-take at­ti­tude were.

Shenge said: “When I served as min­is­ter of home af­fairs ... I was tasked with trans­form­ing our coun­try’s im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy from a closed to an open sys­tem. In all our re­search, we dis­cov­ered that xeno­pho­bia could only be pre­vented where mi­grants were as­sim­i­lated into a re­cep­tive en­vi­ron­ment. There had to be give and take, and the dif­fer­ent cul­tures had to in­ter­act on all lev­els rather than sep­a­rate [ones], liv­ing par­al­lel lives.”

Many of us have for­got­ten the role played by our broth­ers from other parts of Africa, who lit­er­ally fed us and pro­vided us with shel­ter when days were ex­tremely dark dur­ing the height of apartheid.

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