More investigations revealed that about $60,000 (R1 million) was invested in sponsoring xenophobic sentiments against Africans in South Africa – targeting chiefly Nigerians and South Africans.
The social media is laden with comments about why South Africa (the government primarily) often chooses to sacrifice Africans living in their country on the altar of their own failure.
Momentum is gathering on social media platform across the continent on how to brand South African government as what it is truly is – the enemy of Africans – a ferocious backlash is imminent.
The Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change (CABC) found that the campaign might be funded by as much as R1-million a month, placing it among the most significant 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) investments in South Africa.
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It was earlier reported that pages, the Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change (CABC) identified a “dangerously orchestrated narrative” that targets African immigrants, alleging that they steal South African jobs, drain the public health system of resources, and are rapists, murderers, etc.
Further investigations are being done on this hate and discriminatory campaigns to know whether the South African government and other pro-xenophobic sentiments in the country are victims of this kind of false narratives or they are part of the same or similar system.
It is observed that the South African government often keeps quiet when xenophobic sentiments are being cooked up, evidently now, because they also provide some of the spices and some government officials are part of the team of chef cooking the ‘scapegoatism of Africans living in South Africa’.
In 2015, King Goodwill Zwelithini, tenement lord of one-third of KZN, said in a speech to the Pongola community that, “We ask foreign nationals to pack their belongings and go back to their countries.” This ‘unguarded provocative statement’ spurred the last serious bout of xenophobia- related violence, with numerous other examples over the years.
Media reports confirmed that the opportunists and fools bankrolling the @uLerato ‘xenophobic’Tweet storm have ‘sympathisers’ in the media.
Last weekend’s Sunday Independent headline read: “SA Under Foreign Control”, as a report in the Daily Maverick described the headline thus: “…the first sign that this was a pile of hot garbage was Mzilikazi Wa Afrika’s byline — Independent Media is a sort of a dumping ground for failed Sunday Times journalists. The second was that the carpet didn’t match the drapes, as it were: the lower paragraphs complicated what was, as is always the case in an Independent lead story, a garbled narrative”.
Experts observed that the narrative that South Africa is under foreign control is another timeous ‘black magic’ to distract the people from the corruption that reigns in the government especially the mismanagement of Covid-19 funds.
It is said that the South African government are becoming experts at using African foreigners in their country as scapegoats when they have failed their own people.
XENOPHOBIA SPIN DOCTOR IS A South African BUSINESS MAN
Daily Maverick said: “The Sunday Independent’s version of scapegoating seems especially deliberate in the face of the fact that, while the ANC explodes into constellations of factional warfare, Iqbal Survé and his faux-media empire need to keep securing advertising and other support from the government. Survé has grifted the ANC for decades, and his “unicorn” consortium, Ayo Technology Solutions, famously secured R4.3-billion from the Public Investment Corporation in December 2017, after getting almost R1-billion in 2012 to purchase Independent Media, and failing to score a more than R7-billion PIC investment in April 2018 through the listing of Sagarmatha, which he valued at a ridiculous R50-billion. Given Surve’s strong connections to some sections of the ANC and the PIC’s long-term CEO Dan Matjila, Independent’s xenophobia is proudly painted green, black and gold.
As Iqbal’s vast money-suck veers into an abyss of its own making, it lurches left and right, trying to find a faction it can gel with. Last Sunday, it wormed its way into the hearts of the nationalists, who want the “foreigners” to burn so that there is someone to blame.
And so the careful historical framing is of no use any longer — as Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe suffer paroxysms of chaos, these trends will only continue. There’ll always be grifters looking to exploit this fact.
The good doctor Survé, temporarily suspending his commitment to the Hippocratic oath, is a grand example of the type.
This country isn’t under foreign control. He and his allies run it wholesale”.