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Raphael Griffiths Comes Clean


Raphael(28) who currently plays the role of Zithulele Bhengu, on the TV soapie Imbewu: The Seed made his first television appearance in 2009 as a presenter on the SABC2 teen programme qbase28, where he stayed until the show was cancelled in February 2012.


Raphael recently had an interview with SurgeZirc.


Raphael said that he had to learn Zulu and not tell off his true identity as he feared that he might not be welcomed and loved if he told people that his father is Zambian.


He went on to say that he is scared that xenophobic people would say that he is one of the foreigners taking over the jobs meant for South Africans


" Yes, I am half Zambian. My dad is Zambian, he is from Kitwe. Some of my family is still there in Zambia. Some have married guys from Botswana, some are married to Namibians, and some are married to Zimbabweans, others to Malawians.”



Raphael touched more on his family, “My great-grandma from my father's side was originally Portuguese. She had a bit of Angolan descent. They moved to Zambia, and that’s how my grandma came about. She married a Zambian man, and that’s how my Dad came about. My Dad married a Zulu woman and that’s how I came about. I am an African. It’s a nice mix,”


On Xenophobia

Wikipedia explains as follows: Xenophobia ( xénos, meaning "stranger" or "foreigner") is the fear or hatred of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange.It is an expression of perceived conflict between an ingroup and an outgroup and may manifest in suspicion by the one of the other's activities, a desire to eliminate their presence, and fear of losing national, ethnic or racial identity.


Discriminating another person because you feel entitled to this land which you just found here like everyone else is total hypocrisy. Many South Africans have made a name for themselves outside of the country where they reside, would it be fair if they were to be descriminated against because of being South African?


Here is an example of South African Actors who have made it big in Hollywood


Charlize Theron

She Was born in Johannesburg, Benoli region in 1975


Sasha Pieterse

She was born in Johannesburg in 1996 


Arnold Vosloo

Arnold was born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1962.


Troye Sivan

He was born on 5 June 1995 (age 25 years), Johannesburg

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