'Disrespectful foreigners''

2010-07-02 15:26
Dear Editor,

We as a nation united has done wonderfully well as a host to the World Cup. Even with our very own Bafana Bafana not making it through to the next round, the support of the foreign teams from the locals has been nothing short of awesome.

I was at the Spain vs Portugal match in Cape Town on Tuesday night and witness to the thousands of locals with flags of Spain or Portugal adorning their faces, screaming and blowing vuvuzelas in unison to encourage their favourite players to score a goal – it was electrifying!

Emphasis has been placed on us as hosts, to be hospitable, and we indeed have been - even to each other, people seem to be more tolerant towards each other. It’s rather sad that some of our guests from other countries feel it unnecessary to reciprocate our hospitality.

At the Netherlands match in Cape Town last week Thursday, a friend was shoved around by Dutch supporters while they hurled racial slurs at him. We as a nation emerging victoriously from the ruins, in which the legacy of apartheid has left us; do not treat each other in this manner. We understand the past, we have forgiven and we look forward to a positive future. Who gives foreigners the right to treat our locals in this manner?

I drove to work this morning, just before reaching my destination, four foreign men were crossing the road (my assumption based on the fact that four men dressed in casual clothes, peak caps and backpacks in the City’s business hub). They were walking quite slowly across the lane I was in, I hooted as I could not swerve out of the way due to a car driving in the lane next to me. As the last man of the group crossed the road, he turned towards my car and spat on my windscreen. My question again arises, who gives foreigners the right to treat us in this manner? Never in my life had I have anyone spit at me.

I am very saddened that some foreigners have come here with no respect for our country or our people.

Sandra Davids

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