Dear South Africans,
Nigerians once thought Ghanaians were taking their jobs when the economy was still doing great in the eighties. That was the origin of the famous “Ghana must go” bag. The Ghanaians left. Nigerian economy nosedived. It is still nosediving. Now, Nigerians are yet to get those jobs they clamored for then. Their lot has not improved much over the decades. In fact, the rate of unemployment is at an all-time high with the cluelessness of the present leadership in Nigeria.
Just like a plot twist, Ghana bounced back. She has moved from having worthless currencies to one of the strongest against the dollar. She is still bouncing back economically. In fact, Nigerians now go to study at Ghanaian universities and to set up businesses. They’re are in Ghana buying up choice real estates. Nigerians are investing a lot in Ghana because the environment is good for business. Like they are in your country, Nigerians are everywhere in Ghana. Some get deported back at random for not having the right papers or for overstaying their welcome. All of these happen without bloodshed.
If all the African foreigners leave, including Nigerians, you will still need jobs. It won’t change the conditions of your townships and ghettoes. It won’t bring you the jobs you so desire. They are not the primary problem you have. Your political leadership and the black South African elites are your problems. They have failed you. Face them and demand accountability.
Killing foreigners will not stop drug and human trafficking. It will definitely hurt your economy. If all Nigerian, Zambian, Zimbabwean, Ethiopian, Tanzanian, and other nationals’ businesses and professionals should leave, SA will be worst for it. But if you insist, instead of killing them, let the government agencies do their jobs. Arrest, jail, and deport criminal elements. Fish out the criminals and hand them over. They live in your community. You know them.
I must also warn you, Nigerians are very tough. They will not leave just because you loot and burn their shops. They will start over from scratch and continue living in your country. So, in your interest, embrace your brothers from all parts of Africa. Demand that they employ more of your people at their businesses. If an Ethiopian sets up a tuck shop. Set up your own. Create a healthy business environment for competition. Embrace the live and let live.