The violent incidents that took place in Joburg and Tshwane recently were shocking.

It’s unfortunate these happened at a time when the country faces an economic slump.

However, as much the incidents were sparked by taxi drivers’ anger following the murder of one of their own – or were just a crime against foreigners – government is to blame.

Our borders are porous, some border officials are corrupt and yet government does nothing about it.

African brothers and sisters accommodated our struggle heroes during apartheid but our people were not there to do crime.

I’m not condoning what’s happening to foreigners – but still, tight border security could alleviate the shortage of jobs and help revive our economy.

It could also ease the burden of having to deal with criminals who are not registered with Home Affairs.

What amuses me is that other African heads of state, Chapter 9 institutions and opposition parties are making a lot of noise about recent incidents.

The question is: are all African borders as porous as ours, and are there any undocumented South Africans in neighbouring countries?

If not, why are South Africans blamed for showing their frustrations?

The solution is right in front of our eyes: authorities should stop acting as fire extinguishers. They should act swiftly to ensure the safety of everyone.

We love our African brothers and sisters, but those who destroy the country by acting in an illegal manner have no place in Mzansi.

South Africa is an autonomous state.

The law should be enforced, not only when such incidents happen, but at all times.

Competition for scarce resources makes South Africans feel unwelcome in their country.

  • Claiton waka-Khosa