Xenophobia

Xenophobia: a symptom of South Africa’s disillusionment

Xenophobia: an intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries. That's how the resurgence of violent attacks, directed at foreign nationals living...

#SowetoAttacks: “No one helps us. No one cares about us”

Somali shopkeepers, ousted from their homes and businesses in Soweto during a looting spree last week, have sought refuge in the Johannesburg suburb of...

Xenophobia in South Africa shows a disconnect with ubuntu

Ubuntu is a southern African ethical concept that suggests that humanity is interdependent. Rooted in a sense of community, "ubuntu" means that we are...

Why single stories that fuel xenophobia are dangerous

"They're stealing our jobs" is a dangerous single story that fuels xenophobia and misdirects community anger. It is ironic that in the same month that...

How An Asylum Seeker Becomes A Refugee In South Africa

A video of a child being torn away from the arms of a woman did its rounds on social media on Wednesday....

South Africa’s borders may become even more unwelcoming to asylum seekers

Asylum seekers may face greater difficulties entering South Africa once Parliament enacts legislation to create a new agency that will have full control of...

“All I want is some recognition”

Last week Frederick Ngubane's application for citizenship was denied by the Department of Home Affairs. He remains in South Africa but lives as a stateless person....

Why are immigrants soft targets for local frustrations?

Over the past month, South Africa has experienced a recent resurgence in xenophobic violence. With the looting of shops and destruction of houses belonging...

“I Did Not Expect So Much Hate From My Fellow Africans”

Naomi Nseya is a nail beautician and a mother of three from Umbilo. Hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital city, Kinshasa, the...

Immigrants and South Africans stand together against xenophobia

“Look, right now what I would say is it’s very fearful to live in South Africa as an immigrant or refugee or a foreign...

Durban: Xenophobic Attacks On Malawian People

Walking into Sherwood play plot, two huge erected white tents welcome you. Despair, uncertainty, and confusion is written all over the faces of the...

Immigrants standing against illegal activity in Rosettenville face hostility from community

Monday in Rosettenville was an odd day. A delegation of government officials, including Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, were doing the rounds visiting suburbs...

“Hillbrowfication”, The Hillbrow Of The Future

Driving through the streets of Hillbrow means navigating narrow streets made that way by the Rea Vaya, traffic that moves in a hectic manner,...

Gigaba faces jail time over stateless man

On Tuesday, Times Live reported that Home Affairs minister Malusi Gigaba was in contempt of a court order issued by the High Court in Pretoria in...

Xenophobia In Durban: Malawian Nationals Want To Return Home

Last week, about 150 Malawian nationals in Durban were displaced following attacks by locals in Burnwood Road, Sydenham. The distraught families say...

A Johannesburg, Migration Love Letter

I Want To Go Home Forever: Stories of Becoming and Belonging in South Africa's Great Metropolis is a collection of 13 narrations that looks...

Xenophobia Permeates All Levels Of South African Politics

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema made news headlines a few weeks ago when he questioned whether former president Jacob Zuma's children Duduzane...

Why Refugees In Cape Town Want To Leave South Africa

AS TOLD TO  The video of a baby being ripped from the mother’s arms by police officers in...

Master Storytelling From Lesley Nneka Arimah

Love, death, magic, reality, immigration and the diaspora, Lesley Nneka Arimah's book What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky has it...

Joburg’s nationalistic attitude rears its head in Fattis Mansions, Cape York...

The divergent realities of people evicted from Fattis Mansions last week, and the victims of the Cape York fire, have highlighted Johannesburg’s nationalistic attitudes...
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