By Najibu Mulema
Xenophobia is likely to happen again in South Africa come February.
Xenophobia is a kind of fear, hatred, or mistrust of that which is foreign, especially strangers or people from different countries or cultures.
According to a criculating letter to various parts of South Africa, titled ‘march against illegal immigration’ indicates that South Africa nationals are going to march on 24 February, 2017 in protest against immigrants such as Ugandans, Zimbabwean, Nigerians among others who have pre-occupied all sought of jobs in the country rendering South Africans jobless.
In 2015, xenophobia reached hype when nationals attacked and killed a number of which prompted many to flee to neighbouring countries for safety.
Several businesses like shops were looted and torched, and South Africa’s reputation as a haven of tolerance for the tired, the poor, the huddled masses of a turbulent continen was shaken.
“Why is the government giving asylum seeker status to Nigerians, Zimbabweans, Pakistans? Is there a war in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Pakistan etc? Unemployment is at 34% in South Africa,” letter partially reads.
“Chinese are working in their country but Africans from other countries come here to take from another person. Where must South Africans work,” letter further reads.