Xenophobia time bomb is set to explode

2013-06-09 14:00

What is national intelligence doing about this time bomb called xenophobia? South Africa escaped a war, thanks to Madiba’s reconciliation skills.

But xenophobia is alive and kicking, and about to explode.

I am not in the media, so I can’t be accused of sensationalism.

I’m writing about how I personally see things.

Even the most tolerant people I know (people whose jobs are not threatened by foreigners) are starting to say: “These foreigners have taken over our lives and country.”

Our appetite for cheap imports has destroyed local jobs and ­businesses are owned mostly by foreigners through collusion with corrupt local officials.

Foreign “doctors” with questionable qualifications practise in townships and never among their own.

I have ­always been suspicious of people who sell food and medication they themselves don’t use.

On the West Rand, foreign ­nationals marry locals who soon “conveniently” die and the ­foreigner becomes a naturalised widowed citizen.

Government officials, just as conveniently, don’t know about this. Locals have red tape problems when getting business licences and permits, but the red tape for foreigners always seems to stay in the drawer.

Any economically strong country that throws its borders open for everybody should not be surprised when it becomes chaotic and difficult to govern.

This beautiful country is about to pay a very high price.

Freedom and democracy are protected not only by a liberal ­Constitution, but by applying ­accountability and vigilance.

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