"Xenophobia is a toxic excuse for lazy South Africans and criminals"

2017-03-26 15:44

As a young South African it's mind boggling to think that pre 1994 had lower stats when it comes down to Xenophobic attacks compared to the democratic dispensation we currently live in. Xenophobia has always been a topic I feel very strongly about.

The ideology that every single foreign national is evil and should leave the country immediately is just pathetic. President Jacob Zuma came out a while back saying that we are not a xenophobic country. He also said that we shouldn't ignore the fact that most criminals, prostitutes and drug dealers are foreign nationals.

Firstly, we live in a country where crime is one of the ills that eats up our economic growth and foreign investment. South African criminals, prostitutes and drug dealers are equally as present as these foreign national criminals.

I believe everyone can agree that we should reduce the crime rate in South Africa so yes criminals, be it South African criminals or criminals from other African countries need to be shipped out and removed from society without a doubt. However my issue is that we don't have a feasible and structured way of doing that. All that we are doing right now is destroying relationships with countries that we should be working with to develop our own continent. Instead bitter and lazy South Africans are going out there and burning our brothers and sisters and their homes. It's absolutely pathetic. To everyone who feels that Xenophobic attacks need to happen, unfortunately your anger is misdirected. Your anger needs to be directed at the mistakes made in our own country by our own people.

The unemployment rate is exceptionally high and our government needs to wake up and rectify this quickly. I was ecstatic when Dep President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that they are considering adding entrepreneurship as a subject at school and it will more practical based. I have been screaming that solution for years now and it could finally happen. This is a long term solution that will work!

I encourage South Africans who agree with xenophobia to please stop playing the blame game, don't look for short term actions that are not even solutions to long term problems. Let's allow our African brothers and sisters to live among us, let them form part of our beautiful country.

Don't take my word for it, let's listen to what South Africa has to say. I spent some time asking every day South Africans what is their opinion on Xenophobia.



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