SAFTU has noted with dismay the resurgence of combination xenophobic attacks directed at our fellow African brothers and sisters in parts of our country, South Africa and acts of criminality motivated by nothing but criminality.
SAFTU as organisation was formed to reject and fight all kinds of discrimination whether targeted against people of other country’s origin, race based superior mentality, tribal, sexual and other forms of chauvinism. SAFTU strongly condemns the xenophobic attacks against our African neighbours or any other part of the world.
These attacks are based on the state of mind that Stephen Biko spoke about when he said the most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. Steve Biko, Robert Sobukwe, Amilcar Cabral, Frantz Fanon, Patrice Lumumba, Oliver Tambo and countless others African revolutionary and intellectual should be turning on their graves to see how the people they sacrificed their lives for turning against each other instead of uniting against a common enemy.
Some of the people targeting foreign nationals in the name of xenophobia know that they are ordinary criminals, the lumpens characters in our society that Karl Marx referred to as the scum of the earth. These elements hijack whatever grievances and concerns from the population to launch barbaric campaigns to slaughter other human beings.
SAFTU acknowledges that our people in particular the residents from the working class residential areas are facing an unprecedented squeeze. There is an intense competition for scarce resources. The economic system chosen by our leaders, the capitalist system, by its nature is not neither meant nor designed to respond to the crisis facing human kind. It’s a profit based system where employment, poverty alleviation, etc. are a product of a by product of central profit goal.
To make this even worse, most of the African continent, from Cape to Cairo is the face of failed revolutions. Workers and the poor majority bear the brunt of these failed revolutions. Everywhere in our richest but poorest continent workers are on the run fleeing devastating impact of neoliberalism, austerity programmes and structural adjustment programmes. They are fleeing the effects of gross mismanagement of the political and economic systems that have failed them. Poverty in South Africa is rising; inequalities everywhere in the world are rising; unemployment in South Africa and everywhere else in our continent is breaking all the previous records. More workers are being pushed out of the former secured and better paying jobs into casualised, outsourced and poor quality jobs with no job security on any kind of benefits.
Faced with this humiliation that has in some cases intensified even under the conditions of so called freedom and democracy, the victims of this neglect, mismanagement and corruption are turning against each other. Hundreds have drowned in the meditteran and red sea fleeing poverty and wars in their own countries. Hundreds of thousands are being humiliated in many European countries.
SAFTU calls on the working class here and abroad to accept that the capitalist system will not solve their crisis. They must accept that the only real solution is a socialist alternative where tyrants, chauvinists, the corrupt shall be put where they belong, in jail.
South Africans in particular the working class must not take out their frustrations to other victims of failed revolutions. We call on the working class to mobilise against the common enemy of the working class.
In particular they must not blame the following crisis on foreign nationals but on their failed revolution: