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After ‘state xenophobia’ South Africa under scrutiny

After ‘state xenophobia’ South Africa under scrutiny

Police accused of heavy-handed tactics as foreigners are rounded up in a massive ‘crime operation’ across country. Johannesburg, South Africa – A semblance of normalcy is returning to the streets of the inner city of Johannesburg weeks after xenophobic violence hit South Africa’s commercial capital. The city appears to have just moved along, wearing the […]

South African society generates inequality

South African society generates inequality

Violent riots on the streets of South Africa in recent weeks have seen foreigners killed, shops looted and thousands left homeless. Foreigners are accused of taking jobs from locals in a country where unemployment remains high; proof of the chasm that remains between rich and poor. So 21 years after Nelson Mandela pledged to liberate […]

South Africa court prevents migrants’ deportation

South Africa court prevents migrants’ deportation

South Africa’s high court has temporarily prevented the deportation of more than 300 undocumented migrants. Rights activists have criticised the arrests of more than 700 suspected illegal migrants following recent deadly xenophobic violence. Police say they made the arrests during crime prevention operations. The authorities have been under pressure to both bring an end to […]

S.A. police raid church housing 400 refugees

S.A. police raid church housing 400 refugees

At least 400 foreign nationals arrested in Johannesburg in joint operation described as a “crime-prevention clean-up”. Johannesburg, South Africa – South African police have arrested at least 400 foreign nationals, after police backed by the military raided several buildings, including a church housing refugees in central Johannesburg on Friday. Katlego Mogale, a spokesperson for the […]

South Africa’s identity crisis: Xenophobic violence

South Africa’s identity crisis: Xenophobic violence

In our series of letters from African journalists, writer and novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani considers South Africa’s identity within Africa. Over the past few weeks, some South Africans seem to have been in keen competition to displace Africa’s militant Islamist groups Boko Haram and al-Shabab from international headlines and become the latest African murder sensation. […]

Xenophobia – The View From Mozambique

Xenophobia – The View From Mozambique

We know that the recent xenophobic violence has battered South Africa’s reputation on the continent. But what exactly are other Africans hearing? JUSTIN PEARCE reports on how Mozambique is interpreting the xenophobia, and laments both country’s simplistic, stereotypical perceptions of each other. When you spend time in another country, you don’t expect news from home […]

Are South Africans Sick, violent people???

Are South Africans Sick, violent people???

Are we psychologically sick, violent people? Our President says so. We repeatedly hear that we have the world record for rape, our murder rate makes headlines annually, violent crime is in the headlines daily. Does this all stem from apartheid as suggested by the President? We have had centuries of violence in South Africa. In […]

South Africa not taking xenophobia seriously?

South Africa not taking xenophobia seriously?

Beneath the display of condemnation there is an ambiguity in Jacob Zuma’s government response to xenophobia. Durban, South Africa — The inner city marches, the plethora of statements, civil society interventions and murals painted on the walls of fancy coffee shops all shout for an end to xenophobia. High-level government visits to foreigners displaced by […]

Mugabe: Kalangas are uneducated criminals

Mugabe: Kalangas are uneducated criminals

President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday waded into a tribal controversy when he claimed the Kalanga, from Matabeleland South, were uneducated and responsible for petty crime in neighbouring South Africa. Speaking at the end of a Sadc extraordinary summit in Harare, Mugabe said he did not understand why Zimbabweans were flocking to South Africa, where they […]

Fear and distrust as xenophobia victims regroup in South Africa

Fear and distrust as xenophobia victims regroup in South Africa

After deadly xenophobic violence, foreigners sheltering in camps outside Durban plot their next course. Chatsworth , South Africa — There is a lot of confusion here. No one in the camps for internally displaced people understands how they pose a threat to South Africans – nor why they’re being killed for trying to make a […]

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