South Africa: Xenophobia Explained - 'A Failure of SA Government and Leaders'


A Cape Town conference on xenophobic violence in South Africa -- attended by Bongani Bongo, chairperson of the parliamentary portfolio committee on Home Affairs -- did not mention the about 300 refugees who have taken refuge in a church within walking distance of the conference venue.

A round table discussion on xenophobic violence in South Africa, hosted by Africa Unite and Human Rights Watch and attended by the parliamentary portfolio committee on home affairs chairperson Bongani Bongo, made no mention of the current refugee crisis taking place a stone's throw from the venue.

Instead, Bongo told representatives from civil society, legal centres and the public that the crisis of xenophobia in South Africa cannot be solved by playing the blame game. He called on all South Africans to tackle the issue of xenophobia as a community. Parliamentary portfolio committee on Home Affairs chairperson Bongani Bongo addresses representatives on xenophobia in South Africa at a round-table event on 6 November. 2019 organised by Africa Unite and Human Rights Watch. (Photo: Tessa Knight)

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