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Migrant Calls for Unity Ahead of Africa Day

The Citizen   in 
May 23, 2015

As Africa Day approaches, a Tanzanian hawker living in South Africa, has called on the continent’s citizens to unite, in the aftermath of Xenophobic attacks.

As Africa Day approaches, a Tanzanian hawker living in South Africa, has called on the continent’s citizens to unite.
Jonas Lusato Sagati Masinde said: “Africans must be united and stop hating fellow Africans [blacks] on the basis that they are from Zimbabwe, Malawi or Tanzania. We need each other.”

Masinde, who have been living in South Africa for five years, can often be seen pushing a trolley around the streets of Rustenburg in the North West province as he goes about his daily business of selling snacks.

“I am here for business opportunities, the currency in South Africa is better than in Tanzania. There are trading opportunities in Tanzania but because the value of the currency [Tanzanian shilling] is lower than the South African rand it means you earn five times less than someone trading in South Africa. That is why I am here,” he said.

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