South African xenophobic attacks: The probable responses

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The ongoing xenophobic attacks in South Africa should not surprise many as these have occurred thrice or more since 2008 with little action from the government to stop them, the current case inclusive.

While past South African Presidents were bold to make statements in condemnation of the attacks during their tenure of office, current President Cyril Ramaphosa has not issued any statement condemning them nor the recent past one, with only opposition leader Julius Malema making public statements condemning the attacks.

With these attacks, three suggestions have been echoed on what should be done to draw attention?

  1. Boycott the upcoming friendly soccer match between our national team and the South African one.
  2. Boycott the purchase of South African products or even force their many stores operating in Zambia to shut down pending restoration of order or cessation of attacks on foreigners there.
  3. Calls for retaliatory attacks on South Africans living or working in countries affected by the attacks, with a siege on all their trucks that are in international transit.

An argument is presented on all three suggestions:

  1. While Boycotting the soccer match will surely draw some attention, it will only reach as far as the South African Soccer Association and a few travelling fans but not the actual protesters who at present don’t care about soccer nor will be affected if the match will not be played.
  2. Purchase Boycott of South African products. Again, therein a boycott directed the wrong way as all companies operating in Zambia are private and not public owned. Not buying their products or forcing their closure will in no way draw the attention of the South African government nor stop attacks as they are complete separate entities.
  3. Retaliation.
    This is the most backward thought or method especially for people purporting to be aghast by the xenophobic attacks. Why think to act in like manner as them acting unjustly? Why kill to stop others from killing. How better then do we get to be if we act or do as they are doing? We became like them.

Finally, if we so wish we can still go ahead with suggestions one and two, see if attention will be drawn but never entertain the thought of suggestion three as peace can never be obtained by violence. As it’s been said before, “Violence begets Violence, the repercussions of Violence can never be fixed”.

Happy Wednesday.

Mbanga, Irvine Ilukui.
Fayetteville, Arkansas.
United States of America.


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