The atrocities against foreigners have set a new political agenda for the government. ANC leaders have been told in no uncertain terms to hit the road. The government must explain to its citizens what went wrong. The inability of Luthuli House and the government to have the same position regarding foreigners is an indication that leadership is wavering.
Calls for President Thabo Mbeki to be called to Luthuli House are gaining momentum.
Poor South Africans want service delivery and also a policy on foreigners. These critical issues should be dealt with. The contract between the government and its citizens needs to be honoured. Poor people are taking power into their own hands because they feel that the government has failed to deal with their concerns.
The imprisonment of poor people alleged to have orchestrated and instigated the xenophobic attacks will not ease the tensions. Poor South Africans have been painted as villains, just like they were during apartheid.
Now that poor people have spoken, let's get to work and resolve these and other out issues such as land redistribution, whose progress has been very slow.
The majority of poor people have spoken. They want a better life. If the leaders of this country cannot deliver a better life for all, then they must step down.