We have again resorted to the lowest form of human behaviour. Incidents of racism and xenophobia have again exposed South Africa as a superficial, ugly, violent nation that lacks respect for other human beings.
From exclusive restaurants in Cape Town that discriminate against black people to the killing of foreign nationals and looting of their shops in Soweto, we are showing ourselves to be once again a nation filled with hate. The faccedilade of a country that once represented the model of reconciliation and nation building is being gradually shattered. We are what we are: a nation in decline and at war with itself.
It is difficult to watch terrorists gun down a police officer in Paris after the Charlie Hebdo attack or satellite footage of burnt out towns in Nigeria destroyed by Boko Haram and not worry about issues of global security and rampant violence in the world. We count our blessings that South Africa is not exposed to such extremist activity, and is a relatively stable nation.
The scenes of violence that played out in Soweto this week show us the evil streak in our society that makes us no better than any other…
Source : Daily Maverick