I, like other South Africans and Africans, condemn the attacks on foreigners. People are beaten and their possessions looted because they are alleged to be contributing to the high rate of crime.
Others are accused of stealing jobs because they work as cheap labourers. Some are accused of selling drugs.
I think some of the people's complaints are justified, considering where the attacks flared up.
Areas such as Alexandra, Diepsloot, Tembisa and the Ramaphosa settlement need serious attention. There is a high rate of unemployment and poverty in those areas.
This results in people, especially the poor, having to fight for limited resources.
The government should have listened to the people long ago. Corruption, greed and fraud by our officials, especially at Home Affairs, have led to this horror situation.
Citizens feel under siege and unprotected. Now the government is using force to disperse the crowds, which seems to be against the will of the people who put them in power.
I acknowledge that there was no other way out except to use the army, but we must be careful in dealing with this issue.
Sending all immigrants back to their countries is no solution either. Our people must be educated to be tolerant.
This is Africa, we are not living in the US. We are creating enemies for ourselves.
Wake up South Africa, let's stop the violence!
Elimus Madiba, Johannesburg