South Africans frustrated with the influx of foreigners, particularly those from troubled Zimbabwe, Somalia and Malawi, are taking the law in their own hands. At least 22 people have been killed over the past week, many of them set ablaze.
Anti-immigration sentiment is neither new nor unique to South Africa. ‘Locals’ everywhere in the world – Australia, Singapore, the US – have all lamented that foreigners zap resources and steal jobs.
Perhaps, the ‘local’ peoples’ reasoning is that of ‘we were here first’. First come, first served. Hence, their attitudes towards foreigners.
Ironically, ‘local’ peoples in most instances are hardly native. In other words, they were not the first inhabitants of the land, either.