Target: Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa
Goal: Stop brutal attacks on foreigners in South Africa.
The world recently received horrific news about bloody attacks on foreigners in South Africa. The attacks lasted for a number of days and began in Durban, then spread to other parts of the country, leaving at least seven people dead and several others injured. One of the most notable scenes was that of a Mozambican, who was murdered in full view of the public. In a coordinated series of crimes that shocked the world, property including shops and businesses owned by foreigners were destroyed, with Nigerians being the most targeted victims. Other nationals that were affected included Zimbabweans, Malawians, Congolese and Mozambique nationals.
Foreigners living in South Africa had to flee for safety from the xenophobic violence and several people were forced to seek shelter in refugee camps, especially in Durban. Ironically, anyone would expect South Africa to be the role model against racism and extremism considering the country suffered racial segregation for a very long period. The anti-immigrant violence was widely blamed on a speech made by a Zulu leader, King Goodwill Zwelithini, who linked foreigners to crime, but Goodwill denied the accusation and claimed his statement had been robbed of its meaning.
The attack on Nigerians and other nationals in South Africa was entirely unacceptable. Killing fellow Africans is crude, primitive and uncalled for. In fact, it is shameful to see such an act in a country that has benefited from its diverse population. A primary concern is that the South African government, led by President Jacob Zuma, failed to contain the crisis in time. Clearly, the government responded slowly to murderous attacks on innocent foreigners. If the government had been painstaking in curbing such inhumanities, the damage to lives and property might have been avoided. It was unbecoming for the president to act a week later after the loss of lives.
Similar attacks were witnessed in 2008, and it is time the South African government addresses the xenophobia issue. South Africa should address crime, unemployment and poverty, because it is only a matter of time before this violence re-emerges. The violence can result in reprisal attacks on South Africa’s nationals and investments in other parts of the world, and that is not good for African unity.
Violent attacks in South Africa have sparked outrage and could climax to something worse in the future. If you would like to see the violence stop, sign this petition.
Dear President Jacob Zuma,
The recent xenophobic attack in South Africa caught the attention of the world and sparked protests around the globe. South Africa has greatly benefited from its diverse population, and violence against foreign nationals should not be tolerated.
As the president, you have all the power and authority to stop this barbaric act once and for all. Besides, destruction of lives and property is not good for the South African economy, which is a role model to other African nations. I feel you did not act in a speedy manner, and this petition aims at addressing highly xenophobic behavior in South Africa.
Bringing together other state leaders to discuss poverty, unemployment and crime can be an important step towards ending this menace. In future, the violence can lead to reprisal attacks on South Africa’s nationals and investment, which can result in serious problems for South Africa. You have the power; end xenophobic attacks in South Africa.
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