You have heard of the Xenophobia violence South Africa? Thousands of foreigners have fled South Africa as protests against black foreigners heighten. The main cause of all these attacks is joblessness. The jobless mobs armed with machetes go round searching and torturing black foreigners claiming that they have dominated and taken their jobs thus rendering them jobless.
Kenyayote spoke to Erick Mogaka a victim of the of the xenophobia attacks in Johannesburg and who spent time in Cleveland police station after his properties were looted. He came back home like a new born baby. This is what he had to say;
Kenyayote: Erick we are happy that you were back at home safely. Where were you staying during the Xenophobia attacks?
Kenyayote: Who were the main targets in Xenophobia attacks and why?
Erick Mogaka: They were targeting all foreigners. They were claiming that we foreigners go there and marry their daughters to get papers (marriage certificate). We thereafter take their jobs and reduce their chances of being employed and start living a posh life on their expense.
Kenyayote: Which were the main areas of target?
Erick Mogaka: Capetown, Durban, Johannesburg city-Bramleyview, Yeoville, Basevelley, Hillbrow, Alexandria Bruma mkt and some parts of South Western Township (Soweto
Kenyayote: How did the Xenophobia violence begin?
Erick Mogaka: Basically it started in 2008 from locals in Alexandria where the target was the Zimbabweans but later extended to other foreigners, but there was poor sentiments from Jacob Zuma since he was to contest for election that was to be held also participated towards this vice.
Kenyayote: What will you advice a Kenyan who is planning to relocate to South Africa?
Erick Mogaka: I can encourage them to go but with caution since our Mission in Pretoria failed us by then. We were looted and left with no option. I even wrote to the ministry of foreign affairs requesting to be considered for compensation but I was turned down
Kenyayote: Anything else that you may need the public to know?
Erick Mogaka: The ministry of foreign affairs should be with Kenyans who have been affected by Xenophobia violence and consider supporting us just like other Kenyans who are undergoing the same trauma. Most importantly the welfare of all Kenyan citizens in other foreign countries should be considered
Kenyayote is in contact with Kenyans in SA. We are following the South Africa Xenophobia attacks and we will be bringing you updates that you cannot get in the national media.