Kim Jayde on xenophobia: 'It breaks my heart'

By Chanice Jennike - 08 September 2019Views : 608


TV personality Kim Jayde has opened up on the recent xenophobic attacks that have taken place in the country. 

The Zimbabwean-born TV personality took to social media to express her thoughts on the attacks. 

"I am both: an immigrant and a woman living in South Africa! Watching the attacks on mostly Zimbabwean & Nigerian people, my brothers and sisters break my heart. Many of us immigrants and 'foreigners' came to SA leaving behind our homes, family & friends to seek an education, a job, a better life... we are honest, hardworking people that contribute positively to the economy & pay our taxes.

"And for that, we are being beaten, murdered & our bodies burnt - these attacks did not just start now- it has been happening for years." 

President Cyril Ramaphosa also called for calm following the violence targetting foreigners across the country. 

Ramaphosa pleaded for tolerance following the death of at least ten people, two of whom are foreign nationals.

The president said that "no amount of anger or frustration and grievance" can justify the xenophobic attacks taking place in the country. 

"There can be no excuse for the attacks on the homes and businesses of foreign nationals, just as there can be no excuse whatsoever for xenophobia or any form of intolerance."