Politicising xenophobia is dangerous

Threats by the Nigerian government that it will file compensation claims against our government for losses suffered by its nationals during the xenophobic attacks are unfortunate and misguided.

Threats by the Nigerian government that it will file compensation claims against our government for losses suffered by its nationals during the xenophobic attacks are unfortunate and misguided.

It has been said over and over again that the attacks were fuelled by a few misguided individuals - and most South Africans have condemned them. Unfortunately, all countries have citizens with loose nuts who embarrass their countries.

The threats are just petty politicking, which could be dangerous if South Africa follows the Nigerian route.

There is enough evidence to prove that some locals attacked foreigners and also enough evidence that some Nigerians deal in drugs.

Would it be proper, then, if our government filed claims on behalf of all South Africans who have lost loved ones through drug overdoses and drug-related problems?

Would it be proper if our government sent rehabilitation centre bills to the Nigerian government or if our government asked the Nigerian government to pay out our citizens who were swindled by Nigerian criminals through the notorious 419 scam?

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. It's a pity that the Nigerian government has politicised an unfortunate incident which no one approves of, except those who carried out the attacks.

Richardson Mzaidume, Pimville

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