Here is an update on the South African troubles from earlier in the week from Johannesburg, the largest city in the “rainbow nation.” If you are a regular reader of this blog you may recall the recent riots in South Africa where South African blacks attacked and killed black multi-national African immigrants. Those refugees are now in camps and being urged to register with the government. But they refuse.
Police stormed a refugee camp today [July 17] in southern Johannesburg to release four security guards held hostage by foreign nationals displaced by the recent xenophobic violence in South Africa.
The tented “safety camp” in Johannesburg’s Glenanda suburb houses about 2,000 people from 16 African countries and was established in the wake of widespread xenophobic attacks that killed more than 60 people, injured hundreds more and displaced tens of thousands in May this year.
The residents have voluntarily divided the camp into sections according to nationality; people from the Democratic Republic of Congo, numbering about 700 people, are the dominant group.
I had to laugh! Notice how the Reuters reporter can’t resist using the word “xenophobic”— twice within two paragraphs—they love that word. Xenophobia is fear of foreigners, but if you look back at the cause of the original riots the black South Africans actually fear losing their jobs to these illegals who have flowed into South Africa drawn, no doubt, by the international reputation of South Africa as the “rainbow nation.”
Reread the last line of the quote above. Residents of the camp have voluntarily divided themselves by nationality. Multiculturalists take note! This desire to live among your own kind is natural.
So why are the refugees refusing to register with the government. Apparently the plan is for them to either be reintegrated into South African society or repatriated to their home countries and they want neither. Instead they are aiming for the brass ring:
….. most people in the camp were hoping to be resettled in either Canada or Australia, so they were rejecting both reintegration in South Africa and repatriation to their country of origin.
[Sigh of relief!] I guess that means the US is off the hook (at least for now)!