South Africa is burning

This is absolute madness.  The LA Times (among many, many others) is reporting on the newest batch of violence gripping South Africa.  Apparently there has been a huge wave of anti-foreigner sentiment that started in Alexandria, a suburb/township near Johannesburg and has spread across much of Kwa-Zulu Natal and some of the Northern Areas of South Africa.

Much of the xenophobic violence is targeted at immigrants from Zimbabwe, or so it seems.  For now, Western and Eastern foreigners (from Europe and Asia) seem to have escaped the brunt of the violence, but it’s still probably a good idea to lay low.

Some of the victims have been actually burned alive while a mob watches, and that is pretty horrifying.  It’s reminiscent of necklacing, a tactic used during the struggle against apartheid to punish “snitches” and still used in other places (including the slums of Brazil).  It’s a brutal form of violence and one that is especially shocking from a democracy like South Africa.  Especially in a time of what should be peace.

I guess the motivation behind the violence is that the township residents accuse the Zimbabwean immigrants of “stealing their jobs”, much the way that xenophobic sentiment in North America (specifically the US) is focused on illegal immigration from Mexico.

The South African government and many other notable figures (including Bishop Desmond Tutu) have condemned the attacks.  The government has also said they would try to protect foreigners from this violence.  They’re accusing the mobs of not actually being xenophobic, but using this as an opportunity for criminal behaviour.  There have been a string of arrests and they’re on the verge of deploying the army.  They’ve already called in reserve police and brought in reinforcements from other regions to help combat the violence, but I think it’s about time martial law was declared.  In a situation like this, good people could easily get swept up and start doing terrible things, so it’s important to nip the situation in the bud.  It would be much, much different if the mobs were protesting, or even if they were just destroying property.  Then maybe we could tolerate it for a little longer.  But cruising around already poor neighbourhoods and murdering people is unacceptable.

The violence must end.

72 Replies to “South Africa is burning”

  1. I for all time emailed this web site post page to
    all my friends, because if like to read it after that my
    friends will too.

  2. Hello! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us so I came to take a look.
    I’m definitely enjoying the information. I’m bookmarking and
    will be tweeting this to my followers! Terrific blog and outstanding
    style and design.

  3. If you would like to improve your knowledge just keep visiting this web
    site and be updated with the latest news update posted here.

  4. Hey! Someone in my Myspace group shared this website with us so
    I came to give it a look. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers!
    Wonderful blog and outstanding design.

  5. Sweet blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo
    News. Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed
    in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!

    Appreciate it

  6. Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it
    up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to
    everything. Do you have any suggestions for rookie blog writers?

    I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  7. continuously i used to read smaller articles or reviews that
    as well clear their motive, and that is also
    happening with this post which I am reading here.

  8. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say
    that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. After all I will
    be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

  9. Just want to say your article is as surprising. The clarity in your post is simply cool and i can assume you are an expert on this subject.
    Fine with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep up to date
    with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the
    rewarding work.

    Here is my web blog – Scr 918Kiss 2

  10. Thanks for your personal marvelous posting!
    I really enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.I will make sure
    to bookmark your blog and will eventually come back someday.
    I want to encourage one to continue your great posts, have a
    nice evening!

    Take a look at my website … game slot joker123 (https://mega888sg.com/)

  11. I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here.

    The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish.
    nonetheless, you command get bought an shakiness over that you wish be delivering the following.
    unwell unquestionably come more formerly again since exactly the same
    nearly a lot often inside case you shield this increase.

    Have a look at my webpage :: pussy888 android

  12. Hey there, You have done an incredible job.
    I’ll certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends.
    I’m confident they’ll be benefited from this web
    site.

    Feel free to visit my web page; ace333

  13. I like the valuable information you provide in your
    articles. I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here regularly.
    I am quite sure I will learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

    My web page – sky777

  14. An interesting discussion is definitely worth comment.
    I believe that you should write more about this issue, it may not be
    a taboo matter but usually folks don’t speak about such subjects.
    To the next! Best wishes!!

    Check out my site :: wm Casino download

  15. Greetings! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading through your articles.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that
    cover the same subjects? Thank you so much!

    my site :: lionking888 game

  16. It’s perfect time to make some plans for the long
    run and it is time to be happy. I have learn this put
    up and if I may just I want to suggest you few attention-grabbing things or advice.

    Maybe you can write subsequent articles regarding this article.
    I wish to read even more issues approximately it!

    Here is my web-site download epicwin android

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *