South Africa: Killing in whatever Name!
Lucifer has escaped from hell and relocated to SA where he found marauding
youths as willing accomplices. They created jobs for themselves and over
night looters, killers and arsonists were asked to practice their expertise
Call it xenophobic killing or couch it under any new pseudonym, it does fly
for me. It is nothing short of anti-immigrants violence. All of a sudden
transit camps are springing up everywhere, people are on the move again not
because of natural tragedy but because of artificial problems caused by lazy
lot. New displacement and population comes with news security concerns. The
desperation move will soon translate into regional problem. Many are happy
to make it home alive but what of those left behind with stabs wounds end
third degree burns. As if this problem is not enough, President Mbeki has
jetted out to Japan. Have you ever heard of King Nero fleeing while
Nigerians have been attacked in China, I/Coast, Libya, Nairobi, Ghana, Togo,
etc while the embassy stand beside and watch. This problem will solve
Killing fellow African migrant workers in their domain remains their right
but I am yet to see how these will help them solve the myriad of their
problems that range from HIV/ AIDA, urban crimes series, rape and
defilement. Drunkenness is a national malady that has reached pandemic
level. In SA, everyone lady is almost sure of being raped one day. It is a
matter of time. Nobody dares stop at Traffic light at night for fear of
being robbed. Have they solved all these problems before??
They are a bunch of jokers and lazy lot. Ever imagined a population whose
working population drink and come back drunk next day to the office dozing
and in stupor. They walk to the office with cans of beer in the morning, I
witnessed in Congo DRC during their last election where IT people from SA
were called in to help collate and post results. What can you make of a
sleeping population if not killing people who have flourishing businesses?
Every taxi driver is a hired killer with a pistol or combat knife inside his
glove compartment. You dare not argue with a taxi driver over fares.
Back at home in those days, we contributed used clothes and shoes while
sending South Africans to the university. Now it is pay back time and they
are killing my people. S/African freedom fighters were given a sanctuary in
Marogoro in Tanzania by Nyerere and other African nations. They were also in
Zimbabwe, the good old Zimbabwe. Isn't it curios that SA has refused to do
nothing ref Zimbabwe even though it is under their nose. Mbeki has said that
there is no crisis, how come? Now they have resorted to killing Zimbabweans
after Mbeki said there was no crisis. Why has the profane eloquence he
exhibited in defending Mugabe eluded him on why SA authorities reacted too
late and too slow? The FG should prepare a comprehensive list of damages and
forward same to SA via External affairs or the Embassy for compensation
because the personal security and protection of everyone lie squarely with
host government, in this case S/Africa.
Let me warn. There are S/African businessmen and interests in Nigeria. We
have *Shoprite* and *Vodacom*. They have also employed S/Africans in these
places. These shops have not been looted nor torched. The S/Africans working
in these places have not been dropped to the deepest part of the ocean from
a helicopter with heavy stones around their neck. None has been clobbered to
death with blunt objects or cudgels. Yet they are still there doing
business, running hotels and electricity companies.
The anger brought home by fleeing migrants will be fully meted to these
S/Africans and their businesses. Soon the requiem will be theirs. This is
sure. Soon there will be another round of reprisal killings in Abuja, Lagos,
Somalia, Malawi and Mozambique and so on. But how can a people who open
businesses and run shops be accused of snatching indigenous jobs? On the
contrary, these small outlets provide jibs only that they are too lazy and
proud to work. And they point to taxi and small businesses. How?
Why has it taken three weeks to make comments as feeble as they were? The
call by Mbeki is too little and too late and has no weight. Killings are
going on in Johannesburg, Capetown, Durban and Pretoria. Soon it will engulf
the whole of SA. A government spokesman has put has put the death at 56
people while admitting that more than 650 injured. Previously, 50 deaths
were reported. But we all know that this is grossly under estimated and that
about 30,000 had been displaced or forced from their homes. Pregnant women
among the migrants who ran to police stations are delivering premature
A country has 30 per cent unemployment rate, yet this is a country that will
host the World Cup come 2010. There was news blackout from major S/African
media outlets. When you tune SABCnews, you get the feeling that all is well
because they are busy showing *Generations *or *Isidingo*.
AU is still deep in their slumber, snoring and would probably act when
things pan out because they want to be on the side of the winner. Only
President Mwanawasa of Zambia is the only lone voice in the desert
condemning what is happening in Zimbabwe.
Black man's hostility, rejection and hatred to fellow black have peaked in
S/Africa. The hate in S/Africa even among same tribe is something else.
Whatever Mandela has built over the years, he has destroyed in a short time.
We have saved SA from apartheid. Now who will save S/Africa from Mbeki?
By: Mike Onwukwe
Onwukwe works with a global body is based in Arusha Tanzania.