For some reason, there is dogged resistance by the ANC and government against classifying the violence and looting in Soweto and other areas around Johannesburg as xenophobia. Although most of the looting was directed at foreign-owned shops and foreign nationals have fled the affected areas in fear of their lives, the attacks have been deemed “just criminality”.
ANC veteran and former Robben Island prisoner Ahmed Kathrada disagrees. “The attacks are xenophobic, and xenophobia is racism,” Kathrada said. What’s more, it is the ANC’s responsibility to stand up against any form of racism in society, as it has done so decisively in the past. Kathrada spoke to RANJENI MUNUSAMY about this matter that troubles him deeply.
Ahmed Kathrada is 85 years old. He is one of three surviving Rivonia trialists. Most of the legendary political leaders of his generation have passed on. He participates in South African life as much as he can, from keeping the memory of the struggle years alive aancing the human rights cause through the work of his foundation. In November, Kathrada spoke at the 125th anniversary of the birth of Jawaharlal Nehru in New Delhi and in December he walked seven kilometres in Pretoria’s blazing heat…
Source : Daily Maverick