Pay heed to Shenge’s words
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.