On Wednesday, there was some relief from South Africa’s political leadership, speaking to the xenophobic attacks which have gripped Durban. But there were also risks of attacks returning to Jo’burg, home of the 2008 violence. What’s clear is that the government won’t give a damn until it’s forced to, and no hashtag can stay trending long enough to counter the violence of poverty, unemployment and inequality.
“We will kill someone tonight,” a young man, who didn’t want to be named, said outside the Jeppe men’s hostel on Wednesday.
“We want the Nigerians,” another added. He accused them of taking jobs from locals and selling drugs. They pointed to a foreign-owned motor shop up the road.
“Maybe around twelve o’clock,” the first said on when they might attack. That was when they thought the Tactical Response Team officers cordoning off the hostel might be gone.
On Wednesday, the issue of targeted attacks on foreigners finally became a serious priority for political leaders, following public outrage and diplomatic intervention, after xenophobic violence had caused at least six deaths and displaced over 2,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal. It’s been weeks in the making months if you consider the violence and non-response…
Source : Daily Maverick