The on-going xenophobic assault on Nigerians in South Africa could be very worrisome.
This isn't the primary time that Nigerians and different nationals resident within the nation shall be victims of unprovoked assaults. In 2015, many innocent Nigerians and different foreigners had their onerous-earned properties looted and destroyed, whereas some misplaced their lives.
Like in 2015, the renewed assaults began in some communities accusing the affected Nigerians of being unlawful immigrants and answerable for rise in crime. Step by step, the assaults are spreading throughout South Africa and anti-immigrants rallies are being held regardless of appeals by the Zuma-led authorities to stem the tide of unjustified hate marketing campaign in opposition to foreigners.
While any or group of South Africans have the correct to be aggrieved concerning the inflow of unlawful immigrants into their nation, thereby inflicting excessive crime charges of their communities, if the accusations are actually true, it's unjustifiable for them to take the legal guidelines into their palms to redress the scenario. South Africa which prides itself as one of many giants of the continent is purported to be a regulation-abiding nation the place the rights and privileges of not solely indigenes however foreigners needs to be assured.
Even for individuals who violate the legal guidelines of the nation, they needs to be subjected to the rule of the regulation as an alternative of some individuals resorting to jungle justice like some South Africans have been doing in opposition to Nigerians and different foreigners.
Like in any nation, there are guidelines and rules governing entry and keep. Since it isn't unlawful for Nigerians to reside in South Africa, it's fallacious for any group of individuals to assume their (Nigerians’) presence is liable for no matter downside the nation or group is encountering.
While some Nigerians dwelling in South Africa could also be responsible of no matter they've been accused of, the present incident like others instances of assaults on Nigerians is basically a case of giving a canine a nasty identify to dangle it. Crime charges have all the time been excessive in South Africa and it is going to be fallacious for South Africans to create the impression that their nation shall be a greater place with out foreigners.
Nigerians and different foreigners, a majority of who're authorized residents, have contributed their very own quota to the expansion South Africa has witnessed earlier than and after the apartheid regime, which it nonetheless continues to do in lots of sectors.
Just as many Nigerians have made South Africa their abode in pursuit of their numerous endeavours, South Africans are in Nigeria and in different international locations working varied companies. What the anti-migrant campaigners don’t appear to grasp is that they don't have a monopoly of violence.
South Africans in Nigeria can turn into victims of indignant protests of unjust therapy for foreigners in South Africa. This type of ugly scenario taking part in out in Pretoria and in some components of South Africa is unquestionably an unwell-wind and isn't in the most effective curiosity of the continent.