A Busy Three Weeks 2

The shame that South Africa endured in the 2008 Xenophobic attacks has reared its ugly head in 2015 with an ever increasing attack on foreign nationals.  The level of unemployment, poverty, increased cost of living, cheap foreign labour and various other factors are all possible causes of the conflict but no matter what the grievances, violence is unacceptable whether it be on fellow African brother from the continent or even on South Africans themselves.  We come from a country that has a remarkable record of a negotiated, peaceful transition in the best interests of all its citizens.  The fact that many of the leaders and ordinary South Africans enjoyed hospitality, support, care and brotherly acceptance in many of the countries in Africa is a further indictment on our nation for these indiscriminate xenophobic attacks targeting innocent people in most cases, who never caused any type of civil strife or disturbance.  It is understandable that there may be a few bad characters among the foreign nationals but that doesn't give us a right to condemn whole communities.

Immediately the attacks happened in Isipingo, Gift of the Givers responded in less than 24 hours to the crisis.  Never must it be said that South Africans in general did not lend a helping hand or remained silent when fellow humans were suffering.  Ubuntu and spirituality is an intrinsic characteristic of our inner being, we are compassionate and caring, we know what pain, oppression, disenfranchisement and displacement is all about.  How can we perpetrate such criminal behavior after having understood the consequences of such action that we ourselves have experienced.  Food, blankets, sanitary pads, disposable nappies, hygiene packs and a range of other supplies have been distributed to many foreign nationals already. Whilst we make a call on all South Africans to support our initiative to show that we are a nation that cares, we also call on government, community and religious leaders to sit down and finally resolve this untenable state of circumstances permanently.

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