Xenophobia - the fear of strangers.
Odd; I do not see fear of strangers fuelling the violence in South Africa. There is no fear in the eyes of the attackers, only hate. Perhaps the term should be xeno-cinis?
There is, however, fear in the eyes of our brothers and sisters from other countries.
I hear explanations of who and what is to blame. Nobody takes responsibility though. Fingers point away, but not towards ourselves. The victims of this violence won't find sense in saying that it is economic or political systems holding the panga's. No, they see, perhaps for the last time, South Africans.
"Cry, the beloved country."
Next week we will be hosting a conference on Accountable leadership and sustainability in Africa. No, this is not going to be another academic talkshow. Recent events demand more.
Pray for us.
"God bless Africa
Guard her children
Guide her leaders
Give her peace."