South African man kicked out of Alexandra home by xenophobic mob

South African man kicked out of Alexandra home by xenophobic mob

A group of Alexandra residents are roaming around the area, kicking people they believe are foreign nationals out of their homes. Sibusiso Vumase recounts the story of how he got removed from his RDP house, despite being a South African and the rightful owner.

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Last week, Sibusiso Vumase had been entertaining guests when a group of people carrying crowbars and hammers knocked on his door, demanding that he should immediately evacuate his RDP house and find another place to live.

The next day, Vumase packed up his belongings, preparing to leave his home in Alexandra.

The group had first arrived the Saturday before, demanding to see proof that Vumase was indeed a South African. Born in KwaZulu-Natal, he is indeed a citizen, allocated an RDP home in 2007 when the city had needed to relocate him to develop land in inner Alexandra:

“I was very happy when I received my RDP house. There was even a celebration ceremony hosted by the city where they handed over our papers."

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Vumase claims to have contacted the police, to little avail. He even went to Home Affairs to prove he was indeed a local, but in the end he had nevertheless been forced from his home. He claims that:

“If you don’t speak a certain language or they just suspect that you are not from here, they will target you."

With the number of xenophobic attacks on homeowners in the township on the rise, and the state doing little to balm the situation, the future seems grim for those who don't quite fit into the crowd in Alexandra, reports The Daily Maverick.

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