For the first time in many many years, I feel ashamed to be a South African. I tried to ignore this spate of horrible attacks, but can not keep quiet any more. South Africa houses a big amount of immigrants and refugees from the rest of Africa - we are seen as the jewel in the African crown, as the land of democracy, peace and prosperity. Some refugees are political refugees and can not just return to their countries. Others came to South Africa to build a better life.
Please pray for peace and tolerance in my country, please pray that the instigators of this senseless violence will be caught and brought to justice and please pray to keep the refugees and especially their children safe. May we return to be the shining light in Africa.