- A recent police crackdown on illegal businesses drew claims of xenophobia
- Briefly took to Facebook to see what South Africans thought of the issue
- The topic appeared to polarise many on social media
Briefly.co.za recently covered a story involving allegations of xenophobia against police in eMalahleni.
Reportedly, police were arbitrarily confiscating the property of foreign nationals under the cover of shutting down illegal businesses.
Social media was highly divided over the issue, with strong opinions on both sides. Here's what Mzansi had to say about it.
Many citizens on Facebook said that the police crackdown on illegal businesses was not xenophobic and that they were just enforcing the law.
"Xenophobia my foot!! This is the clean-up operation that is intended to keep South Africa safe from consuming fake products," wrote one user, TF Storozie.
"No! No! There is no Xenophobic activity! The police doing their duty for the best of community and the nation," agreed Mdu Phakathi.
However, there was also a large number of people online who supported the foreign nationals and thought the police were out of line.
For example, one user, Blessing Munyaradzy, pointed out the economic benefits of these foreign-owned businesses, saying, "These illegal businesses are employing 10% of local people."
Others said that foreigners had helped South Africans when they needed it. "These fellow Africans whom we call them by names helped us during apartheid," said one user.
"Those fellow Africans whom you hate, you will need them one day," agreed James Chilembwe.
All in all, social media seemed to be evenly split on the issue. Xenophobia continues to be a hot-button issue in South Africa, and will likely draw more political attention as elections approach.
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