Debunking 'creatures called foreigners' perceptions

Listener Rutendo Mutendo from Montgomery Park has described the negative perceptions he has experienced as a black foreign national living in South Africa.

Calling in to #NightTalk with Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo, Rutendo took issue with how foreign nationals working in South Africa tend to be blamed by some for the country's increasing unemployment rates.

He shared his experiences as a foreign national who has made South Africa his home, adding value to communities in the country.

Listen to the conversation below:

There's this distinction of this person, this animal, this creature called a foreigner. That term is usually reserved for black people, and this creature is causing a lack of development in South Africa, according to the perceptions of a lot of black South Africans

Rutendo in Montgomery Park

You get someone like me who came into South Africa after being headhunted for an area of specialty that required the skill that weren't necessarily available here. That is not to say a deficiency in South Africa, but its do say that there is diversity in what could be acquired from outside the country

Rutendo in Montgomery Park

When I got here, I assimilated. I got involved with people here, I got girlfriends, I had children in South Africa. Those children are South Africans, born to South African mothers. When the law looks at me as being a father and provider for those children, it doesn't look at me as a foreigner. It looks at me as a father here, with an obligation to supply and provide for those children

Rutendo in Montgomery Park

When we go out into the environment, we are identified as that creature called a foreigner

Rutendo in Montgomery Park

Rutendo's call and message appears to have resonated with many #NightTalk listeners.


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