Apr 9, 2014, 8:59 AM
This is the headline of the lead story we carried yesterday in our 'News Around Africa' column. We have decided to adopt it for today's 'The Bite' because it is compelling and arresting, reminding the reader immediately of what had happened before and leaving him or her wondering why this is happening again in South Africa of all places! When xenophobic violence broke out last year, the world was aghast as people watched South Africans unleash unspeakable violence on fellow Africans. But some commentators argued then that the victims of that xenophobic violence were criminals who dealt in drugs and other related crimes. But the new threat to foreigners (Somali shopkeepers) in the
Local traders in Gutulethu and Khayelitsha are resentful of the rapid progress of their foreign counterparts whom they accuse of underhand business practices. But a study carried out by the City of
But it is gratifying to see that Guguletu police have already set up a meeting between the local and foreign traders to deal with the ugly situation that has the potential of erupting into full-scale violence. The police must make sure that the matter is dealt with once and for all.
And it is even more ironic that all of this is happening at a time when the quest for a united
Africans have to learn to love themselves and see themselves as one people before they can begin to tackle in earnest the chronic economic problems that stifle the growth and development of the continent. As a first step, the African Union should consider making the continent visa-free for all Africans. That way, Africans can travel around without bothering about obtaining any visa. This free movement of people should also be extended to goods. If the sub-regional economic blocs can do it, the AU can also make it a continental reality.
We therefore urge our South African brothers and sisters to be more tolerant and accommodating of migrants who live among them.