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Xenophobic Attacks Continue in South Africa

  • Benedict Nhlapho

Violence in Zimbabwe

Violence in Zimbabwe

The 2008 violent xenophobic attacks that took place in South Africa were a traumatic experience many foreign nationals will not want to remember.

Sixty people were killed and tens of thousands displaced during the attacks that were largely directed at foreign nationals from other African countries.

A recent roundtable discussion between government, labour and non-governmental organisations has revealed that xenophobic violence still continues in South Africa with an estimated 140 foreign nationals allegedly killed in 2012, under circumstances related to xenophobia.

The South African government claims that it is doing all it can to bring the attacks to an end.

The African Centre for Migration and Society at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, revealed that the situation is scaring foreign nationals living in the country.

The Centre director Loren Landau, says urgent action should be taken to bring the xenophobic attacks under control.


Other non-governmental organisations also confirm that attacks continue with shops owned by foreigners being looted and burnt down resulting in injury or loss of lives.

Sicelimpilo Shange-Buthane, director at the Consortium for Refugees
and Migrants in South Africa urges stakeholders to come together and tackle the problem.
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