Zenophobia and thuggery

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Brian (April 15, 2015, 08:23:19 AM):
This was written by one of my best friends and a former colleague Bongani Khonjwayo:

"Lets use all platforms and chatrooms and all forms of communication to condemn this inhuman dibilitating xenophobic scourge. What type of a nation that does not listen to its leadership? What has happened to our conscience as a peace loving and neighbourly people in South Africa? Are we now saying through our actions that apartheid was better? Are we saying our people who died in the frontiers of war against apartheid died in vain? Are we saying people who sacrificed their lives in the African diaspora in support of our fight against apartheid did that in vain? Are we saying that Nelson Mandela and others deserved to be imprisoned for 27 years? Are we saying black on black violence that was sponsored by the apartheid regime as our national freedom was ushered in was right? Are we saying Dr Verwoed was right when he said natives cannot think for themselves? Are we saying the dompas system of identification was right? Are ee saying the work seekers permit system which required a man to undress infront of a white young Afrikaans speaking officer to examine if you were free from sexual deseases to qualify for work seekers permit was right? This cannot be the South African nation that we fought to free from slavery. NO TO XENOPHOBIA NO."

Please feel free to share if you support his impassioned plea.
BoogieMonster (April 15, 2015, 09:36:28 AM):
What type of a nation that does not listen to its leadership?

The best type.

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Are we saying people who sacrificed their lives in the African diaspora in support of our fight against apartheid did that in vain?

Pretty much any death for any cause will be in vain eventually. The wheels of history tend to turn in vicious cycles. The question is usually whether you think the temporary benefit gained was worth it.

Anyway, while I feel for the guy's stance I've come to realize posting any such kind of plea online is akin to preaching to the choir. The people doing this stuff don't do internets.

Brian (April 15, 2015, 09:43:29 AM):
Bongani did say: "use all platforms and chatrooms and all forms of communication to condemn this inhuman dibilitating xenophobic scourge." ...and I think you underestimate the spread of smart phones BM.
BoogieMonster (April 15, 2015, 10:23:45 AM):
Perhaps you overestimate my level of snobbery. ;D

I think the people engaging in this stuff are the poorest of the poor, and no I don't think smartphones have penetrated that far, nor do I think they care to waste valuable SMS/MMS money sending this message around, especially since their proclivities are already clear.
BoogieMonster (April 15, 2015, 10:25:19 AM):
Basically the eternal optimist in me is starting to break down and admit that we may soon be facing a general genocide in SA. If this trend of blaming others for poverty and then killing them continues.

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