CAN XENOPHOBIA EVER BE ACCEPTABLE?
Africa, a continent with diverse peoples and cultures, home to black history and art, has of recent shown a great divide in humanitarian ideology with a recent xenophobic outburst within its boundaries. But sadly, this feud rears its ugly head, and this is not the first time we’ve heard of such an incident. As a matter of fact, this comes as no surprise, given that there have previously been incidents within the South Africa’s regions in this regard. Can we say this problem can not be resolved, if not, why does it resurface.
Nigerian artists, Burna Boy, Wizkid, and MI, but to mention a few, have taken to their social media handles, revealing their deepest disappointments with respect to xenophobia in South Africa.
South Africa has had great relations with other parts of Africa. It’s business outlets ShopRite, MTN, and DSTV amongst others spread wide across the continent. These massive revenue generating outlets contribute to the economic development of South Africa.
History also has it that ever since the majority rule was passed into constitution in 1994, xenophobic events have increased in South Africa. 2017, 2018 and of recent, 2019 have posed greater threats to other African’s living in S.A. Xenophobia started long before the majority bill was passed and continues to thrive among various negative factors.
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Although, some notable South African leaders have found solace in other parts of Africa during conflict within Africa’s regions. The pending question remains; why do South African’s fear other races within the continent it occupies? We’ve made names for inhumane and unacceptable ideas, we’ve given them life they have found conducive habitat among us. The fact remains that Xenophobia is wrong and should be shunned. A lasting end must be put to its practice.