I am in shock and lost for reason. What kind of humanity can direct such a brutal murder, and do so amid laughter?
What kind of nation are we?
President Mbeki has hardly proved himself too concerned about the course of events that have left 50 migrants dead and more than 25 000 displaced from their homes.
All he has done so far is to release a statement saying that the violence against migrants was a "humiliating disgrace", and he only did so one week after the first xenephobic attacks began.
As of this writing, Mbeki has not appeared in public to address the violence directly. He has not appeared on state television or radio to call for calm and order. In fact, the president has not visited any of the areas affected.
As is his usual jet-set leadership style, he was in Tanzania while the violence ensued.
Violent xenephobic attacks have spread to seven of our nine provinces. Here in the Northern Cape we remain mostly unaffected. It must, however, be noted that isolated xenephobic attacks have taken place in our province in the previous months.
I am not surprised by our AIDS denialist and Mugabe-supporting president's aloof distance from the mayhem. His habitual distance is why he is a despised and discredited lame duck president.
South Africa would benefit greatly if President Mbeki stepped down, though I hardly expect he will.
***Update(May 25: 10:32pm)***
At about ten minutes before seven this evening (today is Africa Day), President Mbeki read a prepared statement that included a denunciation of the violence against migrants.
Too little and too late was my thinking.