We have betrayed our own dream of a United Africa
I write with my head bowed down in shame because what is happening (xenophobia), does not need to take place.
It is as if we have betrayed our own dream of “A United Africa.” It is as if we have deceived ourselves when we said “umntu ngumntu ngabantu” (a person is person because of other people).
Everything that I know about my past has been shaken by this horrendous act. The teachings of Tiyo Soga, J. G Xaba, Pixcley Seme and many others have fallen away. The masses who have positively responded well to the PanAfrican message of the old liberation movements of our continent, the African National Congress and all political parties are not xenophobic. In other words, none in our midst had any right to encourage or incite xenophobia, by trying to explain naked criminal activity by cloaking it in the garb of xenophobia.
What happened in the past few days has betrayed the dreams of many generations, including our own.
Here I want to convey to all Africans and to all African nations and to the families of people who were displaced, threatened and assaulted, our sincere and heartfelt apologies that Africans in our city committed unpardonable crimes against other Africans.
We write with pain that our fellow human being are quarantined somewhere, separated from the African communities in which they lived peacefully as fellow Africans, until the dark days of last week descended without warning upon us.
Maybe this takes us to another pledge, and we should make a vow that we shall do everything in our power to assist the victims of these criminal attacks in order that they are able to resume their normal lives.
The word “xenophobia” means a deep antipathy or hatred of foreigners. Our business as the Department and the Grahamstown District Office is to see that teaching takes place and there is order in our schools.
The noble spirit of our business is to teach, manage and monitor teaching in our district.
These tendencies are threatening that business. Perhaps we shall not cease to pray and say: “Nkosi sikelel’ i-Africa” (God bless Africa). • Amos Fetsha is the director in the Grahamstown District office of the Eastern Cape Department of Education