posted on Jul, 14 2010 @ 01:04 AM
reply to post by halfoldman
One does wonder who or what is behind it all.
Rumour has had it for years that some ANC leaders and police are involved.
Something about the situation is very fishy, and stretched resources, a lack of basic services and the superior business skills of foreigners explains
a lot of the mass psychology.
But who co-ordinates it? Who prints pamphlets telling non-SA born citizens to get out? Although it will hopefully be nipped in the bud, and historical
comparisons are always awkward, "ANC Nazism" and an impending "Kristalnacht" for "undesireables" do come to mind.
But what is the ANC?
On the one hand they virtually opened the borders to the rest of Africa, and they have an academic, liberal leadership that speaks glowingly of the
many contributions made by African immigrants to the economy and to communities which once took them in as exiles from apartheid, but for many of
their restless voters those sentiments are not shared.
Speaking to some Congolese friends today it was worrying to hear that in some areas people are arming themselves to fight back. They also make no
bones about their belief that xenophobia is not limited to a small criminal group - in the townships, they say, 90% of locals are xenophobic.
This is just something the ANC cannot rationally address - they just don't want to believe it. Either that, or they are involved, as the lack of any
significant criminal cases from the brutal wave of attacks in 2008 suggests.
But why - why, why, why?
Images and statements from 2008:
Prez Mbeki's response (whose power was beginning to wane) was that it could not be xenophobia, since there was nothing about "his people" he
didn't know - this was also the man who denied HIV led to AIDS for a decade, killing 350 000 people.
[edit on 14-7-2010 by halfoldman]