According to Wikipedia, “Xenophobia is the unreasoned fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange. Xenophobia can manifest itself in many ways involving the relations and perceptions of an in-group towards an out-group, including a fear of losing identity, suspicion of its activities, aggression, and desire to eliminate its presence to secure a presumed purity.”
The recent widespread violence and attacks on black foreign nationals by South Africans – what is described as a black apartheid – takes us back to the dark history of South Africa: The white domination while extending racial separation and African’s support of African National Congress (ANC) in the Black South African liberation movements. These heinous acts being perpetuated on Africans, who constituted a major support for her during her dark age of apartheid, is undeserving.
This is hinged on the fact that the African continent did not only support South Africans during the apartheid but has also been a home for most South African businesses like MTN, Multi Choice and Shoprite who operate in Nigeria. In Mozambique, South African Energy and Chemical Company (Sasol) has pulled more than 300 of its South African employees from the company’s natural gas processing facility in Temane, Mozambique. In spite of that, these countries have not at any point decided to attack South Africans on account of having businesses in their countries.
Therefore, a clarion call is made to South Africans to see black foreign nationals as brothers and sisters not as rivals or enemies for the growth and development of the continent of Africa to clinch a place as one of the major denominator of a new world order.
As the IFP leader Buthelezi puts it, “Our brothers and sisters from our African states are welcome in our midst, just as we South Africans, as refugees of Apartheid, were welcome in their own countries.”