Xenophobic attacks sign of self-hate
It only took several social media posts to cast aspersions on African foreign nationals, accusing them of selling fake products and expired food items, to spark xenophobic attacks and looting reminiscent of the barbaric skirmishes we once experienced in 2008.
This week, spaza shops owned by foreign nationals were looted in Soweto and spilled over to some areas in Ekurhuleni. Two people have died in the mayhem.
We seem to have forgotten how this kind of violence claimed 67 lives and disrupted communities in 2008.
Since then, sporadic violence often erupt over untested allegations against foreigners, and it shows howintolerantwe are towards fellow Africans.
We need to examine our own self-hate as Africans to avoid this vicious cycle.