Xenophobic protesters give voice to citizens’ misery
The recent xenophobic attacks by South Africans on fellow African citizens is a cause for concern on government’s part. Uncalled for and immoral as these attacks may be, the demonstrators are voicing the frustrations felt by ordinary people towards our government as it continually refrains from addressing socioeconomic issues such as teenage pregnancy, high levels of drug abuse, and high crime and unemployment rates.
These demonstrations are not a symptom of a disease. They are a cancer that shows that those in power do not take to heart the wellbeing of South Africa’s noble citizens, who are fed up with hearing about misleading yearly statistics on job creation and job opportunities, while their lives remain miserable.
South Africa’s poor citizens are not stupid people – they know that it is them who Steve Biko spoke about when he wrote: “It is the poor people who use untarred roads, have to walk long distances, and therefore experience the greatest wear and tear on commodities like shoes.”
They also know that parliamentarians and those in government reserve job opportunities for their friends and families.
I was previously employed in the restaurant industry at a large fast food chain as a crew member and I can attest that 90% of the company’s store managers in the Gauteng region are Zimbabweans, and 75% of their assistants are also Zimbabweans. So, foreign people aren’t taking any people’s jobs?
The most saddening thing is that corporate institutions employ foreign nationals because they can pay them peanuts and exploit them as they wouldn’t be able to do to South Africans.
They pressure foreign nationals into cutting labour costs by instructing them to cut employee’s work hours, which negatively affects their wages.
So why is it that we say black South Africans are backward when they loathe fellow Africans?