Xenophobia in South Africa- Again!

The Xenophobic attacks in South Africa against Nigerians and nationals of some other African countries have returned. South African president, Jacob Zuma, says he believes that South Africans are merely fed up with crime. Immigrants however, do not agree. They have even taken up arms and are now threatening to defend themselves from attack. Considering that many of the attacks have been against legal businesses owned by foreigners, the claim that the attacks are because of crime seem to be far-fetched. In 2015, the relatively young nation experienced one of her worst incidents of xenophobia after Zulu king, Goodwill Zwelithini, allegedly said that foreigners should "pack their bags and go back home". This resu...

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Call Them "Terrorists" NOT "Fulani Herdsmen"

Many years ago, I watched as a "Fulani Herdsman" brought his cattle to my parents' compound (which was mostly unfenced at that time) and destroyed our crops. We had newly moved into that uncompleted house that we were so proud of because it was our own. Fencing it (as is the norm in most Nigerian communities) was not yet an option, and so we had flowers planted for border fencing. We also had melons planted all over the compound to prevent weeds from taking over the land. We did, however get very attached to our melon plants and fancied that we would get a bumper harvest which we could distribute to neighbours. Then came the Fulani man whose cattle passed through, destroying our crops. Was the ...

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