ZIMBABWEANS living in South Africa are scared of an outbreak of xenophobic attacks following “reckless” statements made by the neighbouring country’s leader Cyril Ramaphosa at an ANC campaign rally a few days ago. With indications of instability already evident in the volatile Kwazulu Natal region, Ramaphosa stoked further tensions last week when he warned his government will not allow foreigners without permits to set up business or settle in southern Africa’s biggest economy.
“Everybody just arrives in our township and rural areas and set bases without licenses and permits. We are going to bring this to an end and whoever doing this, wherever they come from, they must know,” Ramaphosa said. But opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema reacted angrily to Ramaphosa’s unguarded rant arguing Africans needed to unite and not be blinded by artificial colonial boundaries.