Zim woman’s encounter with SA lynch mob

via Zim woman’s encounter with SA lynch mob – Southern Eye 14 April 2015

DURBAN – Zimbabwean Sthulisile Mpofu was at home on Saturday when a group of men knocked on her door and threatened to beat her if she did not leave immediately.

Fearing for her life, she left her home in Welbedacht, in Chatsworth, Durban, taking her two children with her. Her television, DVD player, loudspeakers, cash and other property were looted.

Speaking from a transit camp in Chatsworth yesterday, Mpofu said she was worried about what might happen to her children as xenophobic violence rages across the city.

“It’s not fair to the kids to see people abuse us. We are here to work because of difficulties at home. But now they attack us and take our things. They say we must go back home,” she said.

In the wake of the violence, President Jacob Zuma yesterday assigned Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and State Security Minister David Mahlobo to lead a team that will work with the KwaZulu-Natal police and the provincial government “to arrest the violence”.

Zuma condemned the attacks and the looting but said the government had to ensure that immigrants were in South Africa legally.

Since the first attacks in Isipingo three weeks ago, between 1500 and 2000 foreigners – mainly Malawians, Zimbabweans, Ethiopians and Mozambicans – have been forced from their homes. There have been five confirmed deaths.

Shops have been looted and destroyed.

On Friday night two Ethiopian brothers were locked in their shop, which was then petrol-bombed. One of the men died in hospital.

Police said last week that 17 people had been arrested for public violence.

They have increased the number of patrols in the affected areas, which include Isipingo, Chatsworth and Umlazi.

Police spokesman Major Thulani Zwane said yesterday that the situation was “quiet” overnight.

But there were unconfirmed reports of violence in Lamontville late yesterday afternoon.

Many of the foreigners attribute the attacks to comments by King Goodwill Zwelithini in Pongola last month.

In a recording now available online, Zwelithini can be heard saying: “We ask foreigners to pack their belongings and go back to their countries.”

His office has reacted angrily to the suggestion that the violence was sparked by his comments.

Spokesman Prince Thulani Zulu told the Sunday Times: “The people who are dying are the king’s people. It’s very sad to the king that his people are killing each other.

“People in Pongola heard what the king said and people in Pongola are not fighting. These are just thugs. The king has never said that people must be killed.”

But many of the displaced foreigners said Zwelithini’s comments were quoted by their attackers, particularly during the initial wave of violence.

Zimbabwean consul-general Batiraishe Mukonoweshuro told The Times that there had been anti-foreigner “vibes” for some time but the attacks could have been sparked by “careless” statements.

Without naming Zwelithini, Mukonoweshuro said: “There have been careless statements made, and people have taken advantage of that. Some elements have taken the law into their own hands.”

He said there was also an element of common criminality, vandalism and thuggery in the attacks. – TimesLive


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    The stark reality is that only in South Africa do you find naked public brutality of this form with no real political basis but village jelousy, and often targeted to black foreigners and not white foreigners, yet South Africa had to rely on black African support for its struggle against white Apartheid. There is still a lingering and pervasive inferiority complex among black South Africans that perhaps education and a broadened world view can eliminate, hopefully, given that less literate countries are actually more peaceful. That country’s economy floats on white capital and black foreign African professional labour because the indigenous people have not yet been brought up to speed, 20 years after political liberation. The jingoism of its leadership does not offer much comfort either – from Malema to Zwelithini. It’s a primitive nation that hit the big time, thanks to white capital.

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    Petal 8 years ago

    This kind of barbarity should never be happening in the 21st century

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    Chanisa 8 years ago

    “South Africans will kick down a statue of a dead white man but won’t even attempt to slap a live one; yet they can stone to death a black man simply because he is a foreigner” – Robert Mugabe. Doesn’t this this just make me love Bob? It’s a touching, profound statement.

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    Adaarewa Beauty 8 years ago

    Being a zimbabwe an I am not shocked at all, with this barbarians behaviour, if we look back to the black south African people they’re heartless uncivilised jealous lazy and no loving culture among themselves, ever since before their independent they are used to kill one another for nothing, They already for gotten how many of them were in zimbabwe. ? Being educated and receiving government money from zimbabwe, yet we are in South Africa working , why would white south Africans prefer zimbabwe. ? And another for en people to work for them instead of black south Africans. ? Lazy and thief’s you can’t trust them. ? And now they are crying our jobs…we’re are your manners.. and souls instead of learning from forensic people you start war, selfish people