By: Benedict Aguele
In the last 3years or more Xenophobic attacks on other African nationals in southern Africa has been on the rise.
There only claims has been that other African nationals are taking up their jobs, shouldn’t we begin to ask what jobs are they are actually taken over?
when we have other African nationals doing all sorts of mania jobs to survive and make a living that even South African themselves won’t do.
when these other African nationals save up monies establish businesses in their country just like every other business person would do how then does this become a problem.
They accuse them of being drugs dealers and I ask which country in the world don’t you find drug dealers? It is up to their security agencies to tackle the crime rather than victimize fellow Africans trying to earn a living through legitimate means.
While one will think that at this age and time African countries will begin to come together and see themselves as one people just like they did when they supported southern Africa during the apartheid regime.
A country like Nigeria for example was the first country to provide direct financial aid to the now-governing African National Congress from the 1960s, while in the 1970s, Nigeria supported the ANC and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) with an annual subvention of $5 million to help them in the struggle.
Nigeria set up a programme to cater specifically for their educational needs and general welfare through the Southern Africa Relief Fund (SAFR) to which then-president General Olusegun Obasanjo contributed about $3.7 million.
The victory over apartheid was a collective effort.
Help from other African countries and it was decisive in the struggle. From bases in Angola to military help in Zambia, they all played a role.
The government of South Africa must immidately demonstrate and show the entire world that it is not backinging this ugly act of xnophobia by bringing culprits to book and setting up further machinery in place to forstall further attacks.
Benedict Aguele writes from the federal capital territory Abuja, Nigeria. you can follow me on Twitter @benaguele