Xenophobia: SA’s ingratitude to Africa


SO, I arrived at OR Tambo International Airport on the midday flight and proceeded to the immigration counters where I presented my passport.
The female immigration officer asked me how long I was going to be in South Africa and I responded two months.
That was 2005, when I went to attend a course in environmental education – first month at Rhodes University and the other month at the Southern African Development Community Environmental Education Centre in Howick outside Durban.
I was shocked when the South African immigration officer told me that as a Zambian, I was entitled to an initial one month free stay and I needed a permit for the other month/s.
I disagreed with her and she took me to her superior’s office for confirmation. While there, I gave them my piece of mind.

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