Citizen TV’s news anchor Narrates Her Xenophobic Experience in South African
The screen siren experienced first hand the prejudice that South Africans have against foreigners. According to her she always felt unsettled and lived in fear.
She shared her story on her official Facebook page.
“Living in South Africa always left me feeling unsettled. There was always an underlying sense of fear and concern regarding my status as a ‘Kwere Kwere’ (their derogatory term for African immigrants) and I wasn’t able to easily secure my work permit because of the same. I even remember one of the women working at the immigration department at the SA high commission in Nairobi asking me, ‘why you, why not a South African?’ My answer to her was always, ‘ask the South African company that head hunted me!” Read part of the post.
After securing a work permit and working for 5 long years, her sigh of relief came when she was able to return back home in 2011.
“I would later secure a work permit and contract for five years but I was by then too jaded to stay. I was relieved to finally leave and come back home in 2011.”
“Although my colleagues and the organization I worked for treated me very well, living there, you could feel this sense of loathing towards fellow Africans building up, now it’s boiled over in the worst possible way, including the murder of five foreigners, among them a 14-year-old boy.”
In conclusion, the talented journalist urged Africans to self audit themselves while calling on the leaders inciting the Xenophobic attacks to be held accountable.
“South Africa needs serious healing and to hold the careless leaders inciting this madness accountable, while the rest of us need to do a serious self audit of how we treat each other. Something’s got to change. Now.”
Ain’t we glad that she came back home?!