LETTER | Driving out foreigners will not fix anything
With all that is going wrong, our survival instinct is to blame our neighbours
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
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