25th February 2015
By Godwin Murunga
Republished from The EastAfrican
The pictures out of South Africa are gory, depicting a society with a deep seated but repressed tendency to brutality.
South Africa is not alone in this repressed tendency. We all have our share. But at the moment, the continent is traumatised, embarrassed and hurting about South Africa. We are numbed beyond words by images of a slit throat, gouged out eye, split-open skull, the burnt body of a child.
Many South Africans are totally outraged by this pornography of violence. Indeed, some have joined in protesting.
Professor Jonathan Jansen, vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State, aptly expressed this outrage by imploring foreigners not to “leave us to ourselves” because, as he put it, “We need you as role models teaching us how to work really hard and succeed in a stagnant economy.”
But few are acknowledging that Afrophobia is official South African policy, and that it is firmly entrenched in the country’s immigration policy.