While criticism against South Africa continue on the African continent and several parts of the world about the recent violence against foreigners living in the country, the fact that the violence might not have happened in the first place had a foreign national not shot and killed a local taxi driver in Pretoria seems to be over looked.
It is now common knowledge that the taxi driver, Jabulani Baloyi died because he objected to the foreigner, alleged to be of Nigerian origin selling drugs to an unidentified student. In retaliation, local taxi drivers took to the streets accusing foreigners of selling drugs in the country which incident sparked off wide-spread the violence leading to the current hostilities between South African and several countries on the continent.
President Cyril Ramaphosa had to do damage control pleading for forgiveness from other African states including Zimbabwe during the funeral of the late former Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe. There has also been reports that Nigerian President, would visit South Africa next month as part of a “corrective measure” of relations between the two economic giants on the continent”.
Several senior government ministers were sent to some African states to apologise for the recent violence against foreign nationals in the country and South Africa’s assurance that as a country, we are not xenophobic.
This move, following the instructions of President Ramaphosa was highly criticised by some opinion-makers in the country arguing that it would be wrong for South Africa to apologise to their African counterparts for the attacks on foreigners.
“South Africa must in fact go to those countries and call on them to tell their people not to come here with criminal intensions and stop from selling drugs in the country.
What has since followed was the further attempts by S’A’s foreign Minister, Naledi Pandor to convince leaders of other countries attending the United Nations (UN) in New York (USA) that “South Africa is not xenophobic”.
South Africans must learn to be resolute and stand their ground where the country is not wrong in taking whatever decision it has taken as part the protection of its citizens.
We cannot be apologetic when in the first place foreigners come to the country and abuse our laws , get involved in criminal activities, rape and or murder our fellow citizens while be just stand-by and look-on pretending that we don’t know what’s happening.
Indeed we are all Africans and we must welcome everyone who comes to the country seeking a better livelihood. But obviously, we cannot be happy if “our brothers from another mother”, destroy our future. Let’s be one in all respects.