Jul 17, 2009, 6:20 AM
It is very disheartening to read that Violence against foreigners in
The violence has prompted about 700 African migrants to seek refuge in a church while in Cape Town a safety forum has been set up to try to prevent violence.
At least 23 people have been killed, and ministers have been discussing using troops to quell the violence.
The violence will be particularly upsetting for those who hold the ideal of pan Africanism close to their hearts as the attacks are little more than an orgy of xenophobia.
The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation estimates that at least 30,000 have been displaced around
There are believed to be between three and five million foreigners living in
It must be impressed on these people that we are all Africans and should unite for our common good rather than waste our energy in needless violence.
President Thabo Mbeki has urged South Africans to welcome foreigners. He is correct and his people should heed him but he also must do his best for them and ensure that there are jobs and that people can avoid getting caught in the poverty trap.
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