Xeno­pho­bic at­tacks sign of self-hate

Sunday World - - Viewpoint -

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.

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