One of the best books I have read is THE LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, autobiography of World Icon Nelson Mandela. Anyone who has read this book will have an idea of the struggle that South Africans went through in their fight against apartheid.
One other thing that came to light is how a number of African countries supported South Africa immensely when the struggle got tougher and the supremacist got more ruthless; from neighbouring countries where some of the apartheid heroes had to seek refuge in, to countries like Ethiopia and others who put their resources and expertise at the disposal of the leaders of the fight against apartheid. These countries saw the struggle and pain of South Africans as an African struggle and supported till the broader evil curtains of apartheid was brought down.
Today, it is a shame that some South Africans have soon forgotten their own history or have not been educated well on their history and have chosen to mete out barbaric and inhumane treatments to their African brothers trying to make a living in South Africa. It is termed Xenophobia.
It is very difficult trying to understand these vicious xenophobic attacks and the people behind them. Especially knowing very well what black people in South Africa went through when apartheid was institutionalised.
One is forced to ask if this is why Nelson Mandela had to spend 27 years in prison. Is this why Mandela had to spend 18 years of his life confined to a small cell and sleeping on the cold floor?
I believe majority of South Africans are against these appalling acts. The few who are carrying on with this insanity are however dragging the name of the whole country down. As the first black president Nelson Mandela said,
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Whoever or whatever institutions that are behind this indoctrination and teaching of hatred must be nipped in the bud before it gets totally out of control. There should be some form of intensive reorientation for the youth involved in these shameful inhumane acts against their fellow Africans. They should be retold their story and history. Perpetrators should be dealt with ruthlessly. These are crimes against humanity.
Maybe these words of Nelson Mandela should be broken down into very simple language for them:
Let us join hands to SAY NO TO XENOPHOBIA. Today it is South Africa. tomorrow it might be Ghana, Togo, Nigeria or any other country. Let us fight it now before it becomes entrenched like apartheid.