Zimbabweans Fear Xenophobic Attacks After World Cup

Many foreigners are afraid of rumours of xenophobia attacks soon after the world cup. Many meetings (to plan how they can prevent xenophobia violence) are being convened by foreign national groups in Johannesburg.

Xenophobia violence is a reality and is currently taking place in Johannesburg. l know a number of cases where in few weeks foreigners were beaten and police refused to open cases of assault.

Now it’s time for all of us who care about refugees to speak out against violence. l think the current government, will not tolerate violence as this will destroy South Africa economical as investors will be chased away by violence if it break out.

Zimbabweans in South Africa have fled state terrorism in Zimbabwe, and have plans to return if conditions change in Zimbabwe. We don't want violence and abuse of immigrants for whatever reason, or for political victimization.

In Zimbabwe we have housed many foreign nationals during the time of apartheid; many South Africans were living with us. So whoever is promoting or inciting violence against Zimbabwean nationals in South Africa must be challenged.

We want peace and coexistence. Not the game of blaming each other or blaming foreigners for everything from crime to taking jobs. That is cheap propaganda. Zimbabweans are in South Africa because of the precarious situation in Zimbabwe. Many women have been raped for supporting the MDC, many man have been sodomised by senior government officials. Tens of thousands have been tortured for opposing ZANU-PF corruption, atrocities and propaganda of lies. Thousands of houses that belong to MDC activists have been razed by ZANU-PF militias.

Zimbabwe will never be peaceful as long as leaders who were perpetrating violence are still in power and still using same tactics of beating and torturing political enemies. We urge people to assist the Zimbabwean refugees, people under siege, by speaking up for them.

Thank you for the time and for all your efforts for the betrayed people of Zimbabwe.

Collen Makumbirofa

www.zimbabwehope.org

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