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Terror mobs rule SA. Now they target Zim expats. Any group could ...

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Terror mobs rule SA. Now they target Zim expats. Any group could be next

Nelson Mandela must be crying in heaven as the authorities don’t stop or, even worse, encourage these thugs

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Sometimes when SA shocks me I go back to our founding fathers to remind myself we were once great — and that perhaps we can be again. In the writings of Albert Luthuli, Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Ruth First and many others one can find some of the finest expressions of South African humanist thought and its solidarity with human struggles everywhere. I found it hard last week to find passages that would make me feel better about where this country is as a nation.

The images of a family washing the ground on which their father was beaten and then burnt to death by a “vigilante” mob in Diepsloot, outside Johannesburg, reminded me of the cruelty and stupidity that lies in the human heart — and what politicians and officials who have been demonising foreigners have stoked without care about what their words drive people to do. The man, Zimbabwean Mbodazwe Elvis Nyathi, was killed by a group going door to door in Diepsloot checking residents’ identity documents.

Who gives them the right?..

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