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Mandela’s people who kill black Africans (2)


THIS new wave of xenophobic attacks on black Africans resident in South Africa by their fellow black hosts is one that will not leave Africa the same. There must be severe consequences. The stench of black South Africans has gone upwards, and now shall that nation begin to fall behind so terribly before Africa and the world. I am so convinced, and I speak boldly this way. He that pays back good with evil, evil shall never depart from his household.

South Africa is sick. I call on the African Union (AU) to consider a set of appropriate sanctions that will affect not only South African businesses and government, but also directly affect adversely her people. And Nigeria must lead the way. We must send a strong message that Africa will never tolerate such un-African conduct from any people on the continent. Apologies and empty promises by the South African government will certainly not suffice.

If the Jonathan government cannot lead in this move, I call on President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to make clear in no uncertain terms that there will be severe consequences. It does not matter whether Nigerians lost their lives in the attacks or not; what is important is that our African brothers and sisters are being maimed in an ungrateful nation, having their hard-earned wealth destroyed or taken away from them.

First, there must be a recall of all African diplomats from South Africa and expulsion of South African diplomats from the rest of Africa. Second, there must be demand for full reparations to be paid by the South African government to the victims and their families for loss of lives and property (This will eat into the commonwealth of South Africa that should have gone to the mad gangs). Third, until those reparations are accurately calculated and fully paid, all South African companies doing business in African countries should be sanctioned (there are many ways of doing this). Here in Nigeria, the South African cable television company, DSTV, has increased rates even against the ruling of a court of law. DSTV’s days in Nigeria should be numbered. We have a rising competitor in the Nigerian Star Times cable television company. DSTV’s monopoly in Africa must be focused on now and stopped one way and another.

The South-African MTN makes huge profits in Nigeria and other African countries. Appropriate sanctions must be applied, and let black South Africans keep those jobs they claim their African brethren are taking from them, and let the rest of the continent keep their markets. More South African companies (including their airlines) should be targeted. Never again must the rest of Africa be content with mere apologies from South African emissaries like Bishop Tutu.

President-elect Buhari said that the world would soon feel Nigeria’s leadership once more as she leads in solving the world’s problems such as terrorism, economic deprivation and climate change. His voice will certainly be heard on this xenophobia menace. Never again shall the black leader watch idly as such madness runs wild on our continent. We are one people, and must apply the rod where there is any misbehavior on the continent. If South Africa hopes to join Nigeria in solving African problems, she must put her house in order as Nigeria is doing.

President Zuma must not give Africans cause to believe he is incapable of providing leadership to his people. We have had enough of the insults. Africa must wield the big stick. I have taken note, considered it, and spoken.

•Shilgba wrote via

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  • Big Moh

    Correction Karishma: Africa is sick. Nigeria is sick, we as ordinary South Africans condemned these attacks and marched against them.

    It is insulting to us to use a great leader’s name in this article, a leader eho retired from all politics in 1999, who was no way involved in these attacks. We are not Mandela’s people, the same way that you are not Sani Abacha’s people.

    The article is totally irresponsible and very insulting to South Africa and we urge calm heads and not incitements or incinerating comments as to what, who is wrong or right.

    Please remember that of the 7 people who died, 4 were South Africans who died protecting their fellow Africans..

    So assuming that the whole of SA condones the attacks is irresponsible and mischievous

    • david soul

      Shame on South Africa who can not live with black Africans in their country,nigeria has proving to be a big brother indeed been the largest economy in Africa and still have a union with over 15 poorer west African countries who enters nigeria visa free ,and go in and out freely .up 9ja.

      • Big Moh

        Okay then, anything else?

  • Jason Brownstone

    It is pathetic that almost everyone wants to voice out opinion against the unfortunate incidence of violence against foreign nationals in South Africa, display their ability to write implicating rhetorics and pass irresponsible judgement. In the first place, no one whether black or white should be a victim of migration violence or be killed. Furthermore, the perpetrators of these attacks do not read online news, twitter or Facebook. Better to keep quiet rather than instigate worse situations through attempting to undermine the effort of a country without due regards to the situation of the country. The process of finding permanent solution is in place as the situation is also presently under control. This menace has been condemned by everyone . Opinions that can constitute disharmony at this stage should be discouraged. Africa is one.

  • sharp

    As a Nigerian living in South Africa, I can appreciate why you have written this piece. However I think revenge is not the way forward. What the recent despicable events have exposed is the myth of South African exceptionalism. South Africa is a complex county with a tremendous amount of violent baggage. Even yesterday service delivery protests were characterized by violence against state property. There is world class infrastructure evident in cities and towns across the country and probably the most organized economy of it’s size in Africa perhaps in the developing world. The irony is the same architects of the violent apartheid regime were the architects of the formal economy. Hence till today the economy is still dominated by historically advantaged people that is the whites. It is these same people who are leading investments across the continent seeking for opportunities for growth hence your Multichoice,MTN ,Shoprite etc. Majority of black South Africans are poor and if not for the welfare state and social wage of healthcare services etc there would have been unimaginable chaos that would make these recent events look like child’s play. So I appeal to everyone to give the nation time to assimilate the new realities of a rising Africa. Nigerians have many undesirable elements but in the main have not had to contend with the same kind of historical dynamics. Mental apartheid is still strong in South Africa and it’s gonna take a while for the effects to wear off. Nigerians like myself are beginning to participate in the re-engineering of our country which I think is a positive effect of the xenophobia. After all at the end of the day we are not South Africans and they have the right to tell us to pack our bags and go. Nigeria and Ghana have done the same to each other before though without violence. However actions based in vengeance should be discouraged, the South African people have all the right to determine who stays in their country. Enough said

    • Peter

      It doesnt matter how bad this county was in the old days prior 1994, these monsters running this country are the worst things that can ruin a country, with leaders who are having a great time at our expense and it just doesnt seen to stop. When is enough, ENOUGH, surely Zuma and the rest have enough money due to the looting of this country!

  • SloopJB

    Since when are the guys running MTN or DSTV responsible for what the rabble is doing in the townships?! The writer of this article is an idiot seeking easy targets for petty vengeance. The BLAME for this mess can be firmly placed at the door of the governing party (ANC), who in 2002 opened our borders to neighbouring countries by removing the army from patrolling there. We were swamped by a wave of 2 million Zimbabweans (Zimbos) desperate to escape the economic meltdown in Mugabe’s “paradise”.. The south african POOR are suffering under this influx of cheap labour. It is the poor that want the foreigners out. The Nigerians in SA have made a (bad) name for themselves in industries like scams, fraud, but especially drug dealing, prostitution. So we don’t mind if they go home too.. 🙂 Bottom line: blame the ANC, not SA business!
    PS what’s with that last sentence? – the writer sounds like a delusional megalomaniac

  • mj

    Maybe the word used here must be clarified, most young and old south Africans do not know their history. it hurts to see people fighting for perishable things and the governments of all African countries need to tell history as is. Imagine my grandmother is from Maputo, my fathers aunt is married in Swaziland and I am dating a zimbabwen woman and I was born and raised in south Africa.
    1.South Africa is simple a work area in Africa unfortunately fenced and bordered so as to control the area by those who saw it fit during their time to do so. but if you follow history correctly you will realise that south Africa is made out of people from all over Africa, west, east and north, so we cant put a name now that those who came in first think we should. the younger generation must know that the world belongs to them all who live in it and they must simply use democratic ways to compete in it.
    2.Otherwise It hurts to see humans killing each other the way the world is doing now, when the creator of all humans placed us on earth, maybe is correct to continue control so as to do with trade but human remain humans everywhere you might find them. let us learn to live together and know that what we exactly owe is doing what God has placed us here on earth for, because what is on earth it perishes and it remains perishable no matter how we look at it. Now what dignity is in it we now fight for it.
    3.Maybe it is a wake up call to all humans that those who created those perishable things, the space or opportunity is getting smaller by the day. Then we simply need to continue creating more economic activities than to really spread blood all over when we who then remain will still perish.
    4.Africans need to realise that what they do in countries when there is disaster, they also need to do in their own countries, be humans who are charitable at all times not do it because we have economical interest in those affected countries.
    -If you look at the beginning of humanity, you realise men were in one place and their ambition was to build a tower and go back to God. then God scattered them and they spoke different languages. so let us do the same now that we live separately, continue to do more, create more knowing that at the end we shall be judged according to what we did with the time, space and opportunity God has given us.
    Otherwise we are simply accepting defeat by Satan and he is laughing out loud that we now serving money and not God.