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With the image of South Africa already tarnished by the xenophobic attitudes of some local people, there is much our country has to do to remove this international blight.
Xenophobia is anathema to a country like ours which subscribes to the international law of treating all people with dignity and respect, regardless of their colour, creed or religion.
Targeting people for deportation simply because they have dark skins is a practice that should be condemned in the strongest terms.
This is underscored by the ruling this week by Judge Willie Seriti of the Pretoria high court, who struck a big blow against xenophobia when he awarded damages of R90000 against the police for locking a 14-year-old boy in a cell with adults ready to be deported to Mozambique.
Shane Mhaule, who is now 18, was traumatised after being unlawfully detained for 30 hours in a cell after being labelled a Mozambican.
His only mistake was that he was "too dark" to be a South African. What nonsense!
Mhaule was degraded and humiliated by arrogant police officers who acted above the law. Action should be taken against these culprits.
We wonder just how many South Africans have been unlawfully deported - without trace - simply because of the dark colour of their skin.
This country can do without disdainful police officers who are daily intoxicated by their dislike for foreigners.