Posts Tagged ‘xenophobia’

By Zolani Ndevu [tweetmeme source=”hillsidedigital” only_single=false]

Siyakhona Khayelitsha's Zolani Ndevu

Life is a great blessing ever given to human creatures with its ups and downs, after 1994 (democracy) I looked to a great future full of prosperity and lots of open doors not only for young black people but for the whole Nation. It hurt very much to see South Africans and not just any South Africans but black South Africans fighting against Africans from around Africa in great disputes over the scramble for resources in our townships.

As I was not part in fighting against apartheid, I am here to see to it that Africans understand that Africa belongs to Africans. After watching a documentary called the Burning man I realized that Apartheid still exists but this time its Africans against Africans.

Where are we suppose to run if we are not able to run to our neighbouring countries for safety? During apartheid our own revolutionary soldiers went to these same countries for protection; countries citizens’ that we now are fighting.

We claim to be living the Mandela dream but yet we disrespect his wishes of uniting our nation and building a United Africa. How long are we going to keep killing our brothers and sisters because we fear that they are here to steal our women? Where is that Xhosa saying that says ‘INDUKU ENTLE OKHIWA EZIZWENI’? Instead of killing each other why don’t we think about the future of our country?

Before you throw that stone, before you set that light or before you say or call that African a Kwere Kwere, take a look at your hand and look to see what is it that makes you different from him, is it the way she/he speaks? If I know how to say mhoro shamwari Makadii does that say I am not South African, does it mean you have to kill me because you don’t know what I am saying?

Why don’t you take time to learn about other cultures instead of assuming that you know the situation or circumstances that led them to come to our great country. Inspired by my job in the Siyakhona program about telling story’s from the heart, I made a film about xenophobia and how it affects our society. It’s called Ubuntu.

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By Phakama Pyoos [tweetmeme source=”hillsidedigital” only_single=false]

I was there when the xenophobia attacks took place. I watched people being beaten up, their goods taken by people. It was a very sad day, sadder when children and mothers were crying asking people to forgive them. I was angry with the people, can’t they see these people are hopeless?

These people just came here to get jobs, to look after their family and find peace. I remember blood was all over and my people had no shame. They had no shame at all, they didn’t care. They were laughing at them, shouting at them saying, ‘mazihambe ezizinto la makwiri kwiri.’

All the bad things were done to them, and I was there to see all of that. It’s when I called my friends and I told them we must do something about this. And we did. The Treatment Action Campaign was there to help us.

We took people to the community hall, we cooked for them. Treatment Action Campaign was there to provide clothes, blankets, food and medical. We were there with them sleeping at the hall. Even though help was there, It was still painful to see babies crying the whole night sleeping on the floor and knowing my child is happy at home with love and shelter.

Victims appreciated the help that we gave to them. We also went house to house with them to collect their goods. That was not fun at all. The people didn’t want to give them back their goods, but we tried to get some of their clothes.

This week we, Siyakhona Khayelitsha, have been going to some of the Khayelitsha areas, to show them our stories. We included the story we did about the Xenophobia attacks. Doing that we wanted communities to say how they feel about this issue. But it was surprising to here people commenting, saying they don’t want Xenophobia in their areas. And in my heart I was happy to hear them and in my mind, I always knew this year it was no Xenophobia. It was just crime activities hiding behind Xenophobia.

For that I think if we continue screening stories that are focusing on the problems of the community, we will be one of the people who can make change in our communities. We must all ask our community for solutions or call for action. I Phakama I will not stand and watch and not do anything about this issue. I will continue fighting against Xenophobia. Any African is my brother or sister!!

There comes a time where you have to think about the aftermath of the world cup. There were rumours about the outbreak of xenophobic attacks post world cup. I don’t think that we are united enough to stop these attacks because we as people don’t think about other people’s needs.
Football for Hope Festival in Alexandra
Think about when you’re going to their homes and they start these hate crimes, how will you feel being tortured and treated like an animal? You may say I’m overreacting but I’m not, it was not long ago when our own revolutionaries went to their countries for safety.

We must stop blaming foreigners for lack of jobs and poor service delivery when it is our own government that is slow when it comes to delivery. Let us start to stand up to the government using peaceful means pressuring them to deliver on their election promises.

As a video journalist of Hillside Digital I can say we need to stop such hate before we end up being a nation with no spirit of togetherness. We need to figure out how we can solve all these problems that we have as a country.  

The world cup just ended let us stop this whole madness and carry on with that mojo of one nation. We were united by football so let us be proud of being united as Africans. At Hillside Digital we are very happy about the screenings that we’re going to do in Alexandra, we have issues that are affecting the community. The major problem is the rat issue and it is becoming very sensitive because they even eat babies and they have diseases. If we are not careful and continue to wait for others to solve our problems then we may face the real possibility of an outbreak of the plague. We must work together as a community, as a nation, to solve these problems.

If we can dream to be one, we can become one. At Hillside Digital we are the voice for the voiceless. Let us be proud of who we are and where we come from.