Dineo RanakaDear Black South African,

What makes YOU better? NOTHING! Who died and made you kings and queens of Africa? NO ONE! What makes you more deserving of a better life than any other African? NOTHING!!!!!

It is this “hand-out” mentality that you have that distorts your view on life.

Selfish, cold hearted, evil, cruel, disrespectful, uneducated members of South African society. So distorted that people must die such brutal deaths because you have an issue with YOURSELF.

Because YOU FAIL to be the change you want to see in YOUR LIFE. Most of you don’t even have passports. You have never travelled outside the township that raised you, and NO a trip to JHB CBD for cheap shopping is not travelling.

You, yes, YOU racist black person are pathetically uneducated. Even in things as simple as understanding that Africa is for Africans NOT just South Africans.

In hindsight, it had to be South Africans that died IN BULK in Nigeria. Karma greets us all in the most unsuspecting ways. The laws of the universe will never let you/us be great!!! Not like this.

I am ASHAMED to be South African today. Because from where i sit, my contribution is limited to an instgram post. What can one do really. The vast of us feel helpless. Such fuckery!

Open letter by Dineo Ranaka

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  1. Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭11-13‬ NLT)


  2. Sis Dineo i am also highly disturbed by the recent xenophobic attacks. South Africa belongs to all who live in it. It is so sad that there is not much that we can do. God is watching, the innocent blood that we are spilling like rotten milk will be the end of us. i am ashamed to even say i am South African. nvm this whole i am African before African, what about humanity? Shame the ubunti that we used to pride ourself in has vanished into thin air. we should all be ashamed of ourselves. We have failed the Madiba legacy,humanity and God. 😥


  3. Did you perhaps bothered to find out the reasons why the was the attacks in KZN? It has nothing to do with the so called intelligence.
    It was aggravated by an employer who fired South Africans and hired immigrants.
    You people who stays in suburbs like to think you are more enlightened than the rest.
    You try to fit in whites space by setting a standard. Everyone must fit to the preset whites traditions. Failing that it is labeled as uncivilized.
    Don’t you dare blame the poor for lack of education.
    When the entire system was masterminded to archive that.
    The millions of illegal immigrants are intergrated in these communities not your neighborhood.
    We are the ones who witness their dirty tactics.
    I myself was a victim of I’d theft by a foreigneR.
    Labelling the entire Black community because of criminals is ignorance at its best. Seven people died. 3 of them are South Africans. I am yet to hear your likes condemn looting by the ANC. and injustices in our so called uneducated communities. Inequalities of this country is alarming.
    Just because you can afford a trip to Overseas so you are special?
    It is the same masses that support your likes.
    I am a proudly South AfricaN. And won’t aplologise for it.

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    • Some people will do anything to stay relevant. She is seeing a non South African man, and imagines she is now the minister of international relations. Boring.

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    • @Collen you make valid points but nothing justifies the killings and attacks on other human beings(legal and illegal immigrants). Per perpetrators should be arrested and prosecuted. If anyone has issues with foreign nationals, there are legal processes in place to deal with that.


    • even scared to comment because m not educated but Dineo just because you were raised in an enviroment where everything was given to u on a silver platter does not give you the right to speak in that manner.


    • Again, people put their own interpretation. Collen, let’s see this for what it is. No matter who fired whom and why – no one has the right to KILL in cold blood! Even worse that they feel it is OK because ‘foreigners’ were hired. As an employer, I will hire whomever I want – and that is a norm. As an employee, I can only ask for employment and be happy that someone wants to employ me.


  4. very insensitive and ill informed open letter sis Dineo, clearly you don’t know South Africa and you are not in touch with the ground. In January of 2015 a 14-year-old Soweto boy, was allegedly shot and killed by a foreign shop owner alleging that he tried to rob the store; then locals retaliated and attacked that Somali shop owner and others in the area; our leaders and police intervened and the people stopped. In April at a Wholesale Supermarket in Isipingo, locals were fired because they had embarked on a strike action on better work conditions, while on that the employer decided to replace all locals with foreign nationals claimging that they won’t require better pay and decent working conditions. People started fighting and unfortunately it broke out to other areas because of issues that couldn’t have been addressed. We worked tirelessly meeting communities and various stakeholders and within 6 days the attacks were stopped throughout the city. It was Sputh Africans that protected foreign nationals, it as South Africans that provided aid for them in shelters; it was us South Africans who declared peace in every part and are still busy working with all affected parties to address issues. What we don’t need in this country its people like your self who seek fame and popularity by insulting other black or any other South African perpetuating racism and stereotypes which breaks and crate divisions. If your view of us as a nation is of a barbaric and illiterate society, what are you doing to change that without you claiming to be the holy black who is ashamed of being black because black South Africans are monsters. Let’s end by reminding you that foreign nationals get sheltered by us black people in the townships and we treat them as our brothers and even when there are disputes we are there to help out, so stop your cheap arrogant and short sighted attacks on our people. We also embrace you as our own even though we embarrass you.


  5. Dineo so now you pointing fingers to the uneducated, poor and uncivilised South African? It just shows your level of education is pathetic and I don’t think you should call yourself an citizen of our beloved country clearly you are just clueless. Before you can judge you must do research first even myself I’m against xenophobia but I wouldn’t potray citizens of this country in a manner that you just did.


  6. This is a disgusting show of ignorance. Even Pres Zuma responded to a similar letter and informed of the reasons behind the incident. The open letter was everywhere. How this lady wrote this after clarification is amazeballs for many. Please, don’t address over 7 million people (South African individuals) without doing your research dear, celebrity is not qualification. Waphapha, sit down.


  7. She has her nerves, she’s ashamed of being South African no I’m ashamed that you are!! These same people that you are putting down are the very same folks maintaining your lavish lifestyle. The Rand power those folks us very powerful, watch you step young lady. Do not ever compare a few criminals to the beautiful people who are proudly South African dumb bitch!!


  8. An open letter to President Jacob Zuma. Why illegal immigrants are getting such a special attention from our leaders as compared to us South Africans.

    1. Mr. President, I have watched Anti xenophobic marches and public utterances over the past few weeks which prompted me to gain courage to write this letter to address questions and issues I and most of South Africans have noted the way our leaders have handled this whole situation of Xenophobic. Our silence is long overdue, the world has been misled then let’s put the facts straight.

    2. Right In the face of our leaders, foreigner’s nationals through all sort of media and public platform, on top of being in our country illegal have insulted us with all sort of name. They have refereed to South Africans as mentally lazy, ignorant, they went to threaten us to take us to ICC. We have been seriously undermined as South Africans. I don’t put this alone on foreigners who have uttered such nonsensically statement, but to our leaders as well including yourself Mr. president who stood proud to condemn the demonstrations by South Africans against illegal immigrants…which you and other leaders have termed it “Xenophobia” I call it a firm rise and stand by South Africans to defend what belongs to them “Ownership”.

    3. To my surprise all foreigners have been given so much attention, but South African people who have raised this issue of illegal immigrants have not been given a simple platform to raise their frustration. Our leaders have assumed quit a lot, they have uttered statements which does not really represent a wish of lot of South African people. Your urgent personally responded to a letter from Mia Couto, Mozambican writer and poet which came three weeks after, but none of our leader have consulted and responded to people from Soweto, Umlazi, Alex ect, or even to listen to their genuine demands is pathetic. Most have went there to condemn the attack and killing to foreigners, which is correct, but is it enough? Are both parties, South Africans and foreigners going to be satisfied with this approach which exclude most affected South Africans?

    4. Our leaders are not doing justice to the citizen of this country. All our political, civil society and government leaders have failed to tell the world the truth. They have vested so much energy to attend to foreigners concerns, but we hardly see this same energy when it comes to solving the issues that face South African citizen on the daily basic. Poverty, Youth unemployment and economic inequality is becoming worse in South Africa year in and year out. We have many graduate who are sitting at home without jobs, food and fuel prices are rising monthly. Poor health systems, poor education system, all sort of problems this country is facing. All they tell us is to wait and be patient…but they have not waited for too long to protect foreigners when our people were raising their frustrations with regard to crime, illegal activities that are committed by fellow who are here illegally.

    5. Our leaders have not spoken bold on Labour brokers, E-tolls, Energy crisis, Free and quality education demanded by students organizations, poor health services, poor service delivery, corruption, unemployment, etc. Why, why and why there are no urgent solution and attention to those issues? Are we really not important compared to foreigners nationals? Has all you energy been reserved for foreigners nationals not your people you are representing, the people who have elected and voted you into power?

    6. COSATU is still marching today for Labour brokers, South Africa is still experiencing dark days today because of load shading, today we still have a problem of access and success in high institution because of financial and academic exclusion, South Africans are still striking demanding a merely living wage, people of South Africa mainly in rural areas have no water and electricity you can name all sort of frustration people of South Africa a facing. With all such problems, now our own leaders have guts to allocate millions to satisfy foreigners in our own country instead of spending such money satisfying the need of our people. We do not need any education with regard to foreigners, our 100 million which is our tax must be allocated to something else for the benefit of South Africans.

    7. There is little joy to be found in S.A, the business and financial heart of South Africa has remained controlled by elite community, minority to be specific. While our government are in the process of transforming this to indigenous people of this country then here foreigners are taking over. We took political control, but largely left the running of the economy unchanged. There was an expectation that over time, wealth would spread down to those who had been deprived of equality, mainly the black populations that make up about 90 percent of the South African population. We have recently insisted that we want economic freedom, what for? If people of South Africa are not benefit much compared to foreigners. Who is benefiting on Land distribution, is South Africans or Foreigners?

    8. I point it out that South African people who have attended those march during the last few weeks, working days specifically are mainly those who are not working. Our leaders should have been worried, because such attended symbolize a big number of unemployment in South Africa. They have participated to those march solemnly because we are all for now against any killings, however ALL of us in ONE VOICE we are saying illegal immigrants must leave our country soon. If they are reluctant to do that and our leaders continue to protect them, treat them so special more than they do to us, thereafter only one option will be left for us to apply any force.

    9. When china nationals opens a shop, they import everything from china they do not sell South African products. They do not open employment opportunities within those communities, they either run those shops for themselves or employers other foreigners whom they pay them low wages. So who is fooling who?

    10. When a Nigerian or any other African foreign nationals open a shop, they import products from their respective countries or else they manufacture fake products in their backyards houses they own in SA they do not sell South African products. They do not open employment opportunities within those communities, they either run those shops for themselves and they bring on board their families and relatives as well. These people does not pay tax as we do. How can our businesses survive the competition with other foreign people who do not pay anything to government to run their businesses here, while our SA businesses regardless of how much profit they make they have to pay Tax.

    11. This is the daily experience and reality we are living into on the daily basic as South Africans in townships, rural and urban areas. We have got a firsthand experience for this compared to our leaders who only hear such on media if not once during elections campaigns.

    12. Really to be loud and clear we don’t have a problem with professionals they are not illegal immigrants and they do not live in Point or Hillbrow to sell drugs which destroy the same innocent young South Africans, drugs which have destroyed our families and communities. We have also professionals in those countries, they are there legally they do not do crime, neither are they corrupted. We have also South Africans businesses outside South African, with their very strict laws of doing businesses in their countries, our own business people do comply with their law, including paying very huge tax. Therefore we also don’t want people who are here to make a living on our account, our resources and at the expense of our very poor people.

    13. People who are facing this hardship, are people at a ground level instead of being listed they have been silenced, through all sort of anti-xenophobic marches that have been organize national wide, briefings and bill boards left, right and center. They have used all sort of media to protect foreigners. Mind you all this have been done successfully using our tax. So now in our own country, by our own leaders we are treated this way?

    14. This are the same foreigners who have collapse our music and entertainment industry through “music piracy”, While our leaders have spoken bold on recently foreign attacks, for many years they have not come up with solution to this crisis and frustrations faced by our own musicians brought by foreigners. In what sense are their improving our economy if they are taking what our musician hope to survive with? Because this has stunts careers, stifles talent and eats away at the ability of composers and recording artists to continue making the great music that is the soundtrack to our lives. It also takes bread off the tables of the thousands of people who work in music-related fields. From authors and composers, to record company employees, studio producers, sound engineers and music retailers.

    15. Our very own people who are suffering and frustrated due to this illegal influx of foreigners have been referred and termed as criminals, ignorant and lazy also by our own leaders.

    16. Now we cannot be brainwashed by certain individuals with hidden agendas, and some with investments to those foreign countries which benefits only them and their families, to say they have helped us during apartheid. We have not disagreed with that, we are simple saying let us be strict on our borders and to get rid of all illegal immigrants inside SA. What we have witness recently, where police and soldiers deployed in Alexandra invade houses of innocent South Africans searching for illegal arms and drugs which they did not find is an evident that our people in the face of our leaders are criminals.

    17. We have not heard up to this far any raid that has happened in Point, Hilbrow or any place where foreigners nationals are conducting their evil deeds, we have not heard anything or plan regarding the strictness of borders to cumb illegal immigrants, we have not heard actions to by governments institutions to investigate foreign businesses to see if they comply with laws which regulate the running of businesses in S A. All we can hear is march, marches and more marches to come to sympathize with foreigners not South African citizens who are the victims of crime committed by foreigners.

    18. Everyone must cross the borders legally, simple. Because a man with VISA is just like a dead man. They can practice any crime without system catching even their fingerprints. The illegal ones are exactly the ones who sells drugs and take part in human trafficking. Now our leaders and our government must do us a favor remove from SA all illegal immigrants as much as we cannot go to other countries without permits from Home Affairs. They must go, they are here illegal. Those who want to be in SA for a good faith they must apply for a permit from their local Dept. Of Home Affairs and the must be a limited numbers as well. An illegal person will dare to take a job that will pay him 1000 a month that supposed to be paying 5000 a month

    19. By the way NOT ALL South Africans went to exile, only a few! When our brothers sisters were in exile, few things to remember…

    • They were not involved in drug trafficking
    • They did not own businesses like spazas and shops
    • They did not walk the streets selling carpets, mirrors and funny pictures
    • They did not occupy or buy houses buildings and land illegally
    • They did not fraudulently apply for citizenship because they were there for a good reason and not for lifetime
    • They were not involved in crime like heists, fraud, illegal mining, cable stealing etc
    • They did not WORK ! But involved in military training in order to come back to fight the enemy
    • They did not walk the streets demanding their rights “In whose country” by the way?
    • They were very respectful and appreciate the fact that they were given political asylum
    • They did not force young girls to prostitute.
    • Lastly, they CAME BACK HOME

    20. Before they make popular statements, did our leaders consider this above facts or they simple take our outcry for granted.

    21. None of our leaders or foreign leaders have spoken frankly about this frustration of South African that are brought by illegal immigrants into our country. They have not in public, in the face of the world condemn foreigners involve in criminal activities. All they have done is to name those concern South African citizens as criminals, where is the truth there. How can one acknowledge that there is a problem and at the same platform term those who are frustrated by the problem as criminals.

    22. I condemn any killing or abuse of the foreign nationals, it is unacceptable. Those who kill must be jailed and they can be referred to as criminals. Foreigners please must go back to their countries peacefully. Just because we are human beings and most of all Africans, the Republic of South Africa shall not carry the burden of African government’s failure to stabilize their socio-economic environments because of their own corruptions. The Republic of South Africa should not be a cache of other government’s failure. As a well-established and a better developed country in the African continent in terms of socio-economic development we can only complement other government’s efforts, who their economy is going down because of western sanctions not because of their own corrupt government. Even so we cannot accommodate their people here anymore, we have our own poverty, we want to eradicate our own poverty because with them here there are not assisting at all instead they make our situation even to be worse.

    23. Foreign nationals who are in South Africa illegal stop being obsessed with our own government, Go back to your country, march there, demand you right that you have been deprived by your own government. Hold your leaders accountable, demand improved service delivery and fight to reduce corruption in order to enable you to run your businesses there. You cannot stay here forever, remember we had to come back in South Africa to fight our own battles during apartheid era. For a record you cannot attack us in our own country, never, we do what we like and we say what we want. Those who are here legally and to do businesses, must comply with all SASRI requirements, must buy African product, must employ South Africans and if they are not willing to do so they must leave as well.

    24. Governments of affected countries are corrupt, their officials who today blames South Africans actions to rise and fight the illegal influx of foreigners. They feed themselves and those around them as a result most of their citizen’s lives in poverty. Get me well the foreigners are migrating to SA, because their own governments are corrupt therefore SA should not be a custodian of their own wrong doings. Our leaders must stand their grounds, defend the people of this country and protect your country from unreasonable scattering attack from this corrupt foreign governments. Never allow this fat cats to take advantage of our kindness.

    25. Mr. President respond to our genuine demands in the same spirit you have responded in foreign nationals. Please attend to our issues in the same way you have attended to those of foreigners. Please you must urgently convene us, so that we can also tell you why foreigner should leave in the same way they have told you and the world why they are not going to leave. Please respond to my letter in the same spirit you have responded to the writer and poetry of Mozambique, tell us what majors an in place right now to ensure that all illegal foreigners go back to their countries within 30 days peacefully, Please tell us when you are going to instruct police to invade areas where foreigners nationals are persuading their criminal activities.

    26. Our leaders please do us a favor, do not live in the world of assumptions because you are misleading the entire world. We are saying no more to illegal immigrants inside SA, they must pack and go. STOP capitalizing to this for your own personal and political gains, Represent us with honestly, we know and we understand what we are going through. STOP your egos, STOP betraying us and listen to our demands and fulfill them like you are doing with that of foreigners. Do not ever make a mistake to tell us what we need, we know exactly what will make us happy, we do not want illegal foreigners in our country full stop.

    27. Please note that failure to accommodate our demand will give us no other option but to embark on other actions that can even embarrass our country even more.

    Foreigners do not vote for you in SA, we do. If our leaders turns their back on us then we can gladly and happily do so when the elections comes. We will remind the votes what you have put us through.

    South Africans you are at your own…Stand UP and Shout Out

    Written on behalf of all concern South Africans.

    Sandile Mathenjwa


  9. Now that I’ve taken a breath…A holier-than-thou uppity tone does nothing beneficial to what she has to say, except create communication barriers that cause her audience not to hear a thing of what she claims to know. One expects a public figure to know about this Communication 101. Shows that you can have a passport, travel farther than the CBD, yet manage to still be dim.


  10. Its amazing that people like dineo get platforms to speak their mind and they abuse that platform.

    Not all uneducated people in mzansi are xenophobic or have issues with themselves.have u been in a taxi full of foreigners and hear how insulting they are towards south Africa and its people?they claim this country is dirty rubbish in every corner,their countries are cleaner than this and they don’t know why we Bragg this much with such a dirty place.what they forgot is how can your country be dirty when you are all here?

    All we hear is they helped us during our struggle our fathers were welcome in their countries,yes that’s true but the was a purpose for all that a solid reason,a struggle against our oppressors,what are they fighting for?who are they fighting with?

    Everywhere in the world the is crime and drugs,fact is they are contributing in these these happenings,cash heists,mall robberies and more criminal activities you find that if there are five robbers two are non south African.so no matter how you look at it they come with both negative and positive elements.our sisters are married unaware at home affairs all this cause someone from somewhere up in Africa wants citizenship.

    Our government is partly to blame,culturally or traditionally isn’t it that a man marries a woman and the woman takes a man’s surname so how is it that a foreign man marries a south African woman then he gains citizenship?are men not meant to be the ones leading and building their families homelands and countries?who are they leaving behind to build their countries if they are all south Africans?enlightened me intelligent people in an uneducated south African.

    Coming to Dineo her open letter is weak and lame she needs writing skills,her letter says nothing but a cry from a woman who likes attention,I plead for her that she must be forgiven she thinks being on tv entitles her to have a say in such matters.majority of us south Africans are against xenophobia but we will not be quiet when things go wrong,let the statement be correctly understood Africa is for Africans not south Africa is for Africans,lets share ourselves equally to Africa at large and the opportunities that we claim are In south Africa be spread evenly.

    Lastly we are not scared of whites in this country but we need what they have to earn a living if not so we will be like our neighbours who chased them out without a proper plan to boost their economy and today they are every ones burden.im a proud south African and will always and forever be proud of being one if it means death then so be it.the other countries shouldn’t threatened us based on the xeno attacks without understanding why and who is doing this…


  11. Wow! Dineo knows English. And can even insult us with it. As for south Africans to die in bulk in Nigeria , WELL I SAY, LET YOUR MOTHER DIED FIRST.


  12. OMG! Words fail,she is Ashamed of being South African but then she live’s in a White Castle ,she doesn’t see how ordinary South Africa’s live ,poor Dineo Ranaka I do not condone Xenophobia but your open letter is just palin Rubish …..


  13. deneo,you seams to be forgoten what happened to our reggae star mr Lucky Dube.those Zimbabweans they rob us in the morning when we go to work.you are lucky bcoz you drive cars.unlike us.those nigerians they are selling drugs to our youth.you are in love with A Rich nigerian.dat is why you defend them.


  14. Most South Africans do not condone the Xeno act, and just because you have a platform to write an open letter it gives you no authority to kak on your fellow country man and woman. If you have nothing to say go play in a traffic wena Dineo sies


  15. When it comes to situations as these, if one is being destructive,it is always wise to remain silent and exhort people to stop their evil. But never speak such hateful words. Instead motive these people to look to GOD and have His character #transformation_begins_with_GOD.


  16. Dear Dineo u talk a lot of rubbish to please our funders please stop boring us . Why do u assume people who live in townships are uneducated . In case you haven’t checked the job market for us black people well those who work cus I don’t know what u do is not that easy



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