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Xenophobia or Racism in South Africa: Who should be blamed?

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South Africa is boiling, foreigners are killed and foreign owned investments looted or razed down.

Zambia, Nigeria and other African countries has in the same view attacked several South African establishments in their home countries. About two South African air crafts and South African high commission were set on fire in Zambia according to pictures that emanated from social media.

MTN and ShopRite offices remains closed across some states in Nigeria for fear of being attacked.

Nigerian government protected shopRite Mall from angry protesters in Abuja in the wake of xenophobia attacks against foreigners in South Africa.

Many people frowned at this development. Others suggests all South African investments be taken over by federal government.

Nigerian celebrities such as BurnaBoy, Tiwa Savage, Davido and others has spoken out against the current events in South Africa.

Some African countries such as Ghana, Rwanda, DR Congo, and Malawi in protest declined attending World Economic Forum that took place in South Africa.

Zambia according to reports canceled a friendly match with South Africa in protest against xenophobia.

If this is not properly managed, it could throw Africa into chaos. Governments in different African countries should use their forces to ensure xenophobia is contained.

Xenophobia: is the fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or anything that is strange or foreign while racism is the poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race.

What is happening in South Africa is not just xenophobia but racism. This goes on to prove racism is not about color; it’s about the mindset. Blacks are attacking blacks in South Africa.

A walk down memory lane shows these African countries under attack played a vital role in halting apartheid regime in South Africa.

Africa has failed to move from where our colonizers stop. Africa currently is under neo colonialism and is suffering from effects of cultural imperialism.

Xenophobia, racism etc are alien to African culture. It can be managed but can’t be eradicated under the current state of Africa. Africa embracing her culture will not just eradicate xenophobia, racism etc but also guarantee a future for the ailing continent.

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