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LETTER | Driving out foreigners will not fix anything

With all that is going wrong, our survival instinct is to blame our neighbours

01 August 2022 - 08:23
The writer does not believe SA will overcome its challenges by driving away foreigners. File photo.
The writer does not believe SA will overcome its challenges by driving away foreigners. File photo.
Image: Mike Holmes

This is a response to the letter about the termination of Zimbabwean Exemption Permits.

I am of the view the struggles faced by our neighbours ended a long time ago  and we should have decided not only to show humanitarian support, but also engage physically and put pressure on the economic embargoes put on them.

I do understand, as a middle-class South African, that our country is going through a lot economically and our survival instinct is to blame Zimbabweans. However, we decided to assist them back then. We realised sending them away was tantamount to killing them.

As a country we need to take a few steps back and critically think about the next steps. The root of all issues faced by Africa is the same. In all honesty, I don’t see us overcoming our internal issues by driving away foreigners.

As a law-abiding citizen, I expect cabinet to come up with a plan of action.

• The writer asked to remain anonymous for fear of victimisation

Durban

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