Xenophobia has always been a sensitive topic, especially in South Africa.
Being a country that calls itself the rainbow nation, one would think that everybody is welcome to visit or work in the country, peacefully.
Johannesburg, South Africa is usually the first place that has xenophobic attacks yearly around this time of the year.
In 2019 the xenophobic attacks began after a taxi driver was allegedly murdered by a foreign national, which caused chaos as all foreign nationals had to close their shops for their safety.
When asked about xenophobia, a media student, Phumudzo Mudau stated that yeasterday, on the 4th of August 2020, on Twitter Pray for Zimbabweans was trending at number one, then she noticed that Foreigners Are Taking Our Jobs was also trending she said “I feel like some South African don’t care about other people’s lives, all they care about is their own lives.”
She also went on to say that foreigners are not taking jobs of South Africans because if South Africans were qualified, for those jobs, they would have them and that the foreign nationals that have stores did not come to South Africa to steal in people’s houses so they created jobs for themselves.
The last thing she stated was that she would not want to be treated the way some South Africans treat foreign nationals and that if it indeed is Black Lives Matter then that should cater for all Black Lives, nobody should choose that because you’re a foreigner, your life does not matter.
As they have been xenophobic attacks that occur yearly, for the past few years, foreign nationals (mainly Nigerians) have attacks amongst themselves.
Being so far away from home, you would think they would be more united but it seems as though there are some divisions.
Last year there was a video that circulated of one Nigerian man hitting another Nigerian man on the head with a brick in front of the police, in Kempton Park. This seemed to uncover the fights amongst them.
An anonymous source this year, during the lockdown, stated that there are ‘beret’ groups/ cultists that are in rivalry.
These groups have started a war, shooting members from the opposition, Going back and forth for the past month.
This is now even affecting Nigerians that are not part of the cults/ groups.
A young man named Mathew Idegbekwu, who was 35-years-old was shot and killed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The young man was in Rosettenville, South Africa, and was allegedly shot by the cultists.
He was allegedly not part of the cult and was shot because he was at the wrong place, being his friend’s house who is allegedly part of one of the groups, at the wrong time.