Address causes of xenophobia

ABOUT a month ago I wrote a letter urging President Jacob Zuma to condemn the inhuman conditions in informal settlements.

ABOUT a month ago I wrote a letter urging President Jacob Zuma to condemn the inhuman conditions in informal settlements.

I also pointed out the fraudulent manner in which foreign nationals acquire houses and complained about locals competing with foreign nationals for basic services. My main concern was: if one raises these issues people are quick to shout xenophobia.

I want to share my own experiences after I read that the authorities are getting ready to combat xenophobic attacks believed to be in the pipeline.

While walking on a pavement in town I encountered a number of foreign nationals blocking the entire path. I asked them to give way, but they said that I had to find another path.

I live in a block of flats previously owned by English people. A foreign African company bought the block legally about three months ago. Now there is continuous stamping on the floor in the unit directly above mine.

The pandemonium goes on forever and I can't sleep and have no peace. The new owners say there is nothing they can do to stop the noise.

I reported the matter to the police, who said the onus is on me to speak to theowners.

Where is this leading? Our country used to have law and order.

The authorities should address the causes, not the symptoms of the problem. They have resources. E conomically active South Africans are footing the bill. It is part of the service delivery they promised .

Matsimela waga Thoka,Johannesburg

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