Have South Africans forgotten?
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The recent barbaric attacks on foreign African workers in South Africa make one wonder what the assailants were thinking. Have they forgotten their own history of apartheid when their own South African people were viciously attacked by white police officers?
How quickly they forget that as a result of the compassion, determination, and hard work to end apartheid, they now possess the freedoms and political powers that were once denied by the ruling class.
These xenophobic attackers have treated workers from neighbouring African countries with contempt, yet South Africans were treated with compassion from African nations that graciously accepted them into their countries when they sought refuge from apartheid.
Times have changed, and those South Africans who were victims have now become the aggressors. They see no harm in murdering their fellow black brothers and sisters from other nations simply because these innocent people want to have a better life for themselves and their families.
JOAN Y. CAMPBELL