The actions of Nigerian citizens who forced the closure of a number of South African businesses operating in the west African country must be seen in the context of this anger.
We should also not be surprised that Zambia, a country that stood by oppressed South Africans by becoming home to many of our exiles, cancelled a friendly game with Bafana Bafana in protest against xenophobic attacks.
All of this should be a warning to those of our compatriots engaged in xenophobic attacks that their actions will eventually lead to SA's isolation from the rest of the continent. And without the continent, our economy will suffer.
We are too small a country to stand on our own and need the rest of the continent to sell our goods and grow local companies.
Without access to African markets, a huge number of South African companies - who employ millions of locals, would simply shrink and be forced to cut jobs.
Out of our self-interest, we need to put an end to the violence and the Afrophobia that drives it. Turning our backs on the continent is not an option.
To paraphrase the late griot Ingoapele Madingoane: Africa is our beginning, Africa is our ending.