Xenophobia: Zambian radio station stops playing S/African music

xenophobia attacks FILE PHOTO: Photo: Naijanedu

A radio station in Zambia on Friday blacked out South African music in protest against xenophobic attacks on immigrants currently taking place in that country.

Asan Nyama, QFM Radio station Managing Director, said the move to black out South African music indefinitely starting at 06:00 hours on Friday.

He explained that the action was in solidarity with Africans who have fallen victims to xenophobic attacks in Durban and Kwazulu-Natal provinces.

He said considering that QFM has a listenership not only in Zambia, but across the globe via live internet streaming and satellite platform, the station feels duty bound to voice out in protest at the attacks on foreign nationals by South Africans by stopping the air play of their music.

Nyama said this was not the first time that foreign nationals are being targeted in xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

He said there was need to send a clear message to South Africans that violence on fellow Africans negates African unity which the continent’s forefather fought for.

Nyama has called for the need for Africans to co-exist as brothers and sisters regardless of whichever country they come from.

He says QFM regrets the deaths of five people who have so far died in xenophobic attacks in South Africa, calling for an end to such brutal murders.

Nyama further called on the South African government to arrest the situation before more precious lives are lost, and bring the perpetrators of such heinous crimes to book.



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  • Maitama Tambari

    Playing South African music has nothing to do with the current situation in South Africa, you only punish the Zambians in their recreation entertainment.

  • oluway

    Yeah it does, because it will cripple the SA entertainment industry if other African nation should emulate this, and also there soccer teams should not be welcome internationally for now.

  • Okey

    I am yet to see a country of utterly irresponsible leadership and utterly irresponsible citizens like South Africa, the country of the Jacob Zumas, Maite Nkoana-Mashabenes and Julius Malemas of this world. Since Nelson Mandela bequeathed leadership to his fellow black brothers, it has been xenophobia and violent deaths every second of a life in South Africa. Due, largely, because the leaders who took over from Mandela. especially Jacob Zuma and his cronies, have turned primitive acquisition into a righteous act. For instance, the estates Jacob Zuma started building for himself whilst in office have become such a moral and legal burden to any community of human beings that lay claim to decency.

    But the irony of the misrule of today’s South Africa is that their black leaders have a way of passing the blame of “the peoples poor condition due to the presence of ‘illegal’ foreigners in our midst” (every hardworking, decent foreigner in South Africa is an “illegal” alien). This is the fraud the leaders of South Africa sell to its citizens in the closet, the vast majority of who are incorrigibly indolent loafers. The direct killings of foreigners by South Africans was directly encouraged by a so-called King Goodwill Zwelithini and Mangosuthu Buthelezi. Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward, has been a vocal and steady apostle of these killings. Edward Zuma has had to say these at several fora: “These (foreigners) are unruly people in the country and I am not going to be apologetic about it. In America, you are questioned why you are there.” .. “People think that I am being xenophobic but I am not, I am just trying to make a point that we have a problem.” .. “They would never do that [reside illegally] in America. If this is the character they are showing then they must go.” .. “The South African Human Rights Commission can arrest me for my comments, it’s fine.”

    If the son of a President of a country could say all those, what better motivation for xenophobia and the South Africa killers anywhere in the world ? And nothing can best demonstrate the complicity of the South African government and leaders in these killings than this taunt: “After all, you have unresolved issues of Boko Haram and Chibok Girls and you still expect us to protect the lives of Nigerians in South Africa.” No entity with any moral fibre can ever recourse to this behaviour of South Africa. It is only an immoral and satanic government that could muster any courage to employ this taunt as defence or alibi. The issues are completely different. Whereas Boko Haram wants an Islamic state, the Killer Youths of South Africa are saying “We don’t have jobs, give us jobs.” And whereas, even annoying slowness, the Nigeria government is tackling her problem, the South African government on the other hand, is inciting their youths against foreigners – they make them believe, “We are doing our best but for the foreigners in our presence.” The recall of our High Commissioner to South is long overdue. Our parliament has called for that and I believe it is the minutest of all the methods to let South Africa know that those foreigners they are killing in their country are, after all, human beings.

    As far as I am concerned, the South African killers are acting tout he mindset of leaders of their government. Otherwise, how can a mob be killing fellow human beings for over two weeks and a responsible government and its police are there “begging” people without sophisticated weapons to “please sheath your swords.” That is most irresponsible. It clearly proves that the leaders of government in South Africa are complicit in it. The leaders themselves are more xenophobic than their common citizens. I recall, not long ago, they thoroughly humiliated Prof. Wole Soyinka at their airport, refused him entry and the man vowed never to go there again. That wasn’t the action of a mob. It is the action of so-called leaders. I recall again that not long ago, the South Africa government officials detained Nigerian passengers at their airport on a flimsy Yellow Card excuse, a card that their consulate in Nigeria had certified okay. The worst aspect of it is that, as I learnt, it was communicated to the South African government officials that infant and sucklings on that aircraft were equally detained and exposed to the elements on the tarmac. The government officials did nothing. They (the leaders) are not just xenophobia but wickedness personified. In fact, the ordinary South African citizen knows the heart of his leaders towards foreigners, especially Nigerians. That’s why killers of the reggae icon, Lucky Dube, pleaded in court that they had thought that the one they killed was a Nigerian. Meaning, it is a known fact that in South Africa,killing a Nigeria is no crime.

    South Africa should not get people me annoyed the more. Yes, we have Boko Haram and Chibok girls incident in Nigeria as a matter of crisis situation. In South Africa’s “peace” and” buoyant” economic times, it is a known “world record” that life is lost every minute. Because the black political leaders are deceitful, fraudulent and reckless. To me, it is now a matter of huge regret that the type of black man in South Africa was liberated; with better knowledge, I doubt seriously that he deserved liberation, much more leadership position. If they think that Nigeria will continue suffering humiliation under a Gen. Buhari, I think South Africa is living in foolery. Let them try it again.