Apartheid, Economic Inequality Behind Xenophobia in South Africa?

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor has said that a "toxic mix of socio-economic challenges", caused by the legacy of apartheid, is to blame for recent violence in some parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal which saw foreign nationals attacked and their businesses looted. This comes after Pandor met with ambassadors and high commissioners from Africa to offer reassurances that government is working to return calm to the country.

  • South Africa:   The People Who Sparked the Xenophobic Violence

    New Frame, 11 September 2019

    Zweli Ndaba is the chair of the Sisonke People's Forum. He penned the flyer that spurred hostel dwellers and truck drivers to take part in the shutdown that led to xenophobic… Read more »

  • South Africa:   Pandor Meets With Ambassadors

    SAnews.gov.za, 10 September 2019

    International Relations and Cooperation Minister Dr Naledi Pandor has reassured ambassadors of foreign nationals living in South Africa that government is doing all it can to… Read more »


People run away after looting a store owned by immigrants (file photo).


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