Many are still in search of words to say anything serious yet as Africa and, indeed, the world woke up to the terrible reality of black South Africans violently taking it on fellow Africans in South Africa. But not all are lost. Dr Yusuf Bangura, the Sierra Leonean academic who studied in the UK, taught in Dalhousie University in Canada and at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Nigeria before ending up with the UN system is not lost at all. He is raising one of the big questions in a few words:
“Disgraceful for black South Africans to turn their anger on African immigrants when those responsible for their marginalization and hopelessness, White South Africans, are left alone to enjoy their wealth.
“In highly unequal and divided societies, poor people see only those who are close to them in the social hierarchy and ignore those at the top.
The leadership of the ANC encourages this flawed view of reality to hide its inability to tackle the huge White-Black disparity in wealth, income and social development”
The question implied by Dr. Bangura’s discourse is simply, how did the ANC and, by implication, the South African State, watch this trend develop to this level? Amilcar Cabral said that Africa can only speak of freedom when a national liberation movement is in power. That is exactly what happened in South Africa. So, how did we get to this horrible contradiction? Is this xenophobia or the manifestation of something else? What is the story behind the stories?