Trevor Noah...questions why immigrant Africans are scapegoats in SA


There are about 2.3 million immigrants living in South Africa. This number includes Africans, Chinese, Bangladeshi, Indians, middle easterners and Europeans who were not born in South Africa.

Out of this number, only 1.6 million are immigrant Africans.

Immigrant Africans mostly run small shops, vending, service industries etc. They may lay claim to less than 0.00001% of wealth in South Africa.

On the other hand, whites in South Africa who make up around 8.7% of the population control over 85% of the country’s wealth. Though there has been a rise in the number of black CEOs and managers, these are mere servants and just an optical illusion in terms of meaningful corporate power.

Around 6,000 European families own over 85% of agricultural lands in South Africa.

So when I hear South Africans claiming that other Africans are competing with them on dwindling/scarce resources, I say that your anger and outrage is misplaced.

African immigrants don’t own lands, don’t run companies, don’t own mining companies, don’t operate trophy hunting companies and don’t ship out capital to European banks.

Yours is a completely misplaced anger, prejudice and xenophobia built up out of an inferiority complex created by decades of apartheid and oppression. I don’t see fellow Africans as competitors but as compatriots who are struggling to take care of their families.

If you feel undeserved in wealth distribution, please research again on who controls that wealth, because it has nothing to do with some Nigerian, Zimbabwean or Mozambican working in a restaurant or Ethiopian running a small shop, nor for that matter a Ghanaian mechanic working hard in the sun.

There is zero excuse to hate or despise any African at all. There are no merits for it and it’s baseless at best. When African immigrants living in South Africa start owning around 20% of the country’s wealth and not hiring locals, I will be on the streets with you to protest.

Till then, if you hate fellow Africans for running a simple store, you are nothing but a buffoon, imbecile who was prematurely circumcised and never grew up. Base your hate on facts, not inferiority complex. That’s all!