Sunday, February 26, 2017
#XenoRadar #Xenophobia watch #SouthAfrica - Updates February 26, 2017
Below is what we have been receiving in the XenoRadar group and this link will be updated as information comes in via the WhatsApp group. The group has South Africans, immigrants in South Africa and others like me who do not live in Africa but wish that the hate would stop.
Please understand that we are communicating promptly about what is going on so that we can avoid a repeat of what happened in the past, most especially in 2015. Information is Power. The authorities are showing up in hot spots and we are grateful for this. NEVER AGAIN.
[26/02, 3:12 p.m.] XenoRadar: South Africa its not safe tomorro.Nigerians an Somalians have joined together and are on a masion to shot anyone on the road and that started today already 3 are dead. Please stay at home tomorro especially girls...they are gonna be taken an sold.. Human trafficking will rise an souls will be lost...for ur safety stay at home
South African: 🇿🇦 ATTENTION! ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!!!
This is to inform all black foreigners living in Pretoria to be on alert as it has been reliably gathered that south African boys are mobilizing themselves from Mamilodi, Shoshanguve and some other locations around Pretoria to launch an attack on Sunnyside tonight. Please if you know anyone in Pretoria send this message to them . you might be saving a life.7 people had already been killed around Johannesburg today.
South African: Be warned,
With the threat of *Xenophobia* foreign shop owners have resorted to evacuate their shops and we have been alerted they have kept expired food commodities poisoned some beverage that they will leave behind. We urge citizens not to consume any looted food as this is probably organized by all shop owners.
[26/02, 3:12 p.m.] XenoRadar: 👆🏻any confirmation
[26/02, 3:13 p.m.] Not tue
[26/02, 3:13 p.m.] True (same person as above did a check and confirmed it is true)
[26/02, 3:14 p.m.] XenoRadar: 👍🏻 any source if where this is coming from
[26/02, 3:14 p.m.] I think you guys need to edit some information before sending to everyone. Its called being responsible. It's such messages that caused the Rwanda massacre (Rwanda massacre was planned way before it happened. Someone needs to read up on Museveni and Kagame).
[26/02, 3:14 p.m.] Rather what i am told is that tensions are rising in soweto
[26/02, 3:15 p.m.] XenoRadar: im not promoting it im trying to find the souce so we can counter it as its been posted around
[26/02, 3:18 p.m.] We also need to be aware there are idle people who can draft anything and post on social media... People by nature enjoy seeing other fight. It's such people who insite others to fight are too far watching news as people kill each other for something that has no meaning
[26/02, 3:18 p.m.] XenoRadar: I am writing on social media saying please do not believe false information, we need to counteract lies that can fuel the fire, only live truthful info on social media, here we can discuss and analysis
[26/02, 3:20 p.m.] near phiri
[26/02, 3:20 p.m.] lt's true at Zimhlophe
[26/02, 3:20 p.m.] If we post whatever is said and it turns to be lies when the real thing happens we won't be able to know if it's true or not
[26/02, 3:21 p.m.] XenoRadar: so from now on we will only post info on fb and publically once its confirmed
[26/02, 3:21 p.m.] Tensions have always existed between foreigners and locals... It's always a timed bomb and we all know it.
[26/02, 3:41 p.m.] Confirmed. Tensions are in mzimhlophe near phiri in soweto. Authorities have been made aware
[26/02, 3:45 p.m.] None Ugandan is affected..in Durban.
[26/02, 3:45 p.m.] Martha Leah Nangalama: Thanks for confirming on Ugandans in Durban.
[26/02, 3:53 p.m.] Am right in Durban city. This morning I meet a lots of Ugandans from different location. None has been affected. My wife went for a seminar deep inside Zulu land she came back this morning.. Safely.
[26/02, 4:08 p.m.] 22 years I spent in South Africa makes me not trust anything I am sure they are copying America Now just waiting for Trump to release his second order then u shall see SouthAfrican people doing the same to our people living in South Africa
[26/02, 4:12 p.m.] Guys let's not expect SA people to love us. That is a dream that is never going to happen. The best we do is watch each others back and protect each other... Perception is hard to change. The Perception is that we are causes of their problems. We just do our things silently and live expecting anything to happen
[26/02, 4:44 p.m.] Comrades its hot in Jules street right one a crowd of People in Zulu traditional gear busy torching a Nigerian workshop like a lady from ADF gave an alert but busy exchanging fire shots with police tree bodies are lying down already not yet identified if is foreigners or locals. Anyway police and JMPD are there. Thanks to ADF for the alert
[26/02, 4:45 p.m.] From a trusted source
[26/02, 4:48 p.m.] No live bullet was used on people...only rubber....situation has calmed down but not completely.
[26/02, 10:10 p.m.] Post from one of my friends
My view shared with the African Diaspora Forum 👇:
The expected xenophobic violence in Pretoria may have been contained but the issue hasn't been resolved. There may have been a few political statements but the bottom line is that the underlying sentiment still exists and any small trigger can make anti-immigrant unrest flare up. Even President Zuma, in his condemnation of the violence added "but.....", offering understanding to what may be upsetting the locals.
The truth of the matter is that this 'pro-us, anti-them' sentiments are not isolated to South Africa. As economic conditions tighten and resources dwindle, nationalism is becoming a growing trend globally.
Donald Trump rose to presidency on the wave of such sentiments and Brexit is another such example. In fact many European countries are currently grappling with such sentiments in their politics.
Coming to South Africa, we immigrants also ought to take steps to confront some issues amongst us that give oxygen to such sentiments. Yes crime exists among all groups but there are particular crimes that are prevalent among some immigrant communities that require us to stand up against them just as we stand up against xenophobia. For instance, as an immigrant from Uganda, I know that the 'traditional healer, bring back lost lover, abortion, p... enlargement' scam is run mainly by Ugandans - something that's very well known and even publicised back in Uganda.
The drug and brothel-running crime is known to be very prevalent among Nigerian nationals. Street muggings in some sections of Pretoria, especially around drinking nightspots, seem to involve a lot of Tanzanians.
Zimbabweans are associated with a lot of housebreakings. Stollen cellphone unblocking and reselling seem to be associated a lot with people of Pakistan origin Though there's no anecdotal evidence to these classifications, there's a widespread perception to them, and not without reason.
Our immigrant groups need to rise up to these acts that in the view of some hard-pressed local communities, give 'justification' to anti-immigrant sentiments. Wherever a Nigerian sets up a business, legitimate and positive as it may be, one almost takes it for granted that drugs will be part.
We need to start promoting the immigrant image through the positive part within us than the negative image that has largely come to be associated with us.