Xenophobia

“I am more than just an ikwerekwere” – young immigrants speak...

Afrophobia and xenophobia are still a harsh reality for many young immigrants living in South Africa. #Singabantu, a video created by the Sophie A...

MSF field worker draws parallels between xenophobic attitudes in SA and...

Kate Stegeman is a South African field worker for Doctors Without Borders (MSF), a non-governmental organisation that delivers emergency aid to those...

X(enophobia) marks the spot for Human Rights Day

21 March 1960 was the day of the Sharpeville massacre. The non-violent protestors on the day were challenging the apartheid regime’s pass laws, which...

Why immigrants succeed in the spaza space – it’s complicated

In February, immigrant shopkeepers were violently targeted by South Africans who claimed they were stealing jobs and bringing down the economy. On Tuesday, the Institute...

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...

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...

No more playing games: five ways that South Africans can tackle...

This past Sunday saw the final match of the Social Cohesion Games in Soweto, launched in February by Gauteng Premier David Makhura. The tournament,...

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...

Afrophobia: South Africa’s selective xenophobia

This month, Afrophobia was back in the news. Incidents of violence and hostility towards immigrants are becoming so commonplace that South Africa is quickly...

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...

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...

As xenophobia returns to South Africa, Nigeria demands answers

The Nigerian government has demanded answers from the South African government after its citizens were attacked over the past two weeks in what is...

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...

#MashabaInAction: Making Rosettenville Great Again

On Wednesday evening Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba swooped in on Rosettenville with SAPS in tow, and began raiding residences. I'm raiding in Rosettenvile with @MichaelSun168...

Rosettenville’s mob justice against illegal activities isn’t as simple as it...

On Sunday, 5 February, a group of over 100 residents from in and around Rosettenville, Johannesburg, gathered on Verona Street in protest against drug...

“It’s a shame that an African is asked for a permit...

During the outbreak of xenophobic violence across KwaZulu Natal, some of the activists who tried to stop the attacks were threatened with violence or...

“We cannot have an African foreigner in Africa”

It has been a  year since the outbreak of xenophobic violence in Kwazulu Natal, which killed seven and displaced about 5,000 others. China Ngubane...

Banned in his own country and forced to leave SA under...

LEGESSE SEIFU, a 46-year-old Ethiopian asylum seeker, has been ordered to get out of the country before 28 May (tomorrow) by the South African department...

How xenophobia affects children: “I miss my school, and my teachers,...

In the latest video in its Voices from the Camps series, non-profit organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) profiled nine-year-old DOLLY MAKWAKWA, who was born...

Africa Day: “We still fear being called kwerekwere and our shops...

The South African government is using Africa Day, which commemorates the 25 May 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity, since renamed the Africa...
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