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We have discussed the similarities int he histories of our two countries and now I would like to fast forward to what is in the headlines in the US today. I will touch on four areas - the BLM land grabs, the demands for a higher minimum wage, gun control and the influx of illegal aliens.
The South African country already portrays a high unemployment level, and does not have work for its own people, let alone illegal’s. Yet the Zimbabweans have proved to be educated, hard working people, and South Africa benefits from the skilled labor offered by these illegals.
These people were given a partial amnesty by the SA Government, but due to the high levels of unemployment in South Africa, the people of SA were incensed and Xenophobic attacks were the direct result of this action.
Xenophobia in South Africa: Last month, during two weeks in May, 2008, a series of attacks took place all over South Africa. In a clash between the poorest of the poor, gangs of local black South Africans descended on informal settlements and shanty towns, armed with clubs, machetes and torches, and attacked immigrants from Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabawe. Locals accused these immigrants of taking jobs away from them, among other grievances. Over the course of those two weeks, over 60 foreigners were killed, several hundred injured, and many thousands of immigrants are now displaced, or are returning to their home countries. Dealing with the aftermath of the attacks has become a large problem for South Africa - prosecuting attackers, accommodating refugees, dealing with a labor shortage, political damage control, seeking to address root causes, and some soul-searching
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