South Africa: What you need to know about ‘xenophobic attacks’

Share To Earn

The xenophobic attack on Nigerians and other foreigners in South Africa is the major topic of discourse on the lips of everyone due to the recent spate of violent and deadly attacks.

This episode of violence has prompted a flurry of high-level condemnations and criticisms from international bodies and government officials across various countries.

The violence echoes sporadic outbreaks of attacks mainly targeting migrants from other African countries in some of South Africa’s poorest areas.

It should be recalled that in 2008 and 2015, the world was horrified by the savage scenes of xenophobic violence towards African immigrants in South Africa despite the unprecedented support provided by African countries during South Africa’s struggle to end ‘apartheid’.

Prior to 1994, immigrants from different countries faced discrimination and even violence in South Africa.

After the majority rule in 1994, contrary to expectations, the incidence of xenophobia increased. Between 2000 and March 2008, at least 67 people died as a result of the incessant xenophobic attacks.

READ ALSO  Man steals at police station

What is ‘xenophobic violence’

Xenophobic violence refers to any act/acts of violence, perpetrated by local communities or groups against an individual or group of individuals, based on the perception that the victim/victims of this violence do not belong to the perpetrators’ community, society or nationality.

The attacks towards foreign nationals or perceived outsiders are often expressed in the forms of murder, assaults, intimidation and harassment.

Such attacks can include arson attacks on non-nationals and/or their property or the looting and robbery of non-nationals’ shops.

These xenophobic attacks occur across all nine provinces of South Africa, while the Western Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape are mostly affected.

Reason for ‘xenophobic violence’

One of the many reasons advanced by some South Africans for their anger towards black Africans since the xenophobic violence of 2008 and 2015 is that ‘foreigners are taking jobs from indigenes in the country’.

READ ALSO  N840m found in retired judge’s account, says ICPC

A Pew Research poll conducted in 2018 showed that 62% of South Africans viewed immigrants as a burden on society by taking jobs and social benefits and that 61% of South Africans thought that immigrants were more responsible for crime than other groups.

South Africa’s Legal Obligation to Protect Foreign Nationals

South Africa has ratified numerous international instruments that place an onus on the country to ensure that it provides protection against all forms of discrimination, including xenophobia and xenophobic violence.

In accordance with this legislation, refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa are legally entitled to the same rights as South African citizens, except for the right to vote.

However, with the ongoing situation, the South African Government need to send out a ‘strong message’ to its citizens that ‘hostility towards non-nationals will not acceptable under any circumstances’.

Leave your vote


Share To Earn
Updated: September 3, 2019 — 1:08 pm

27 Comments

  1. What burden does anyone cause this south africans? without other countries could they survive?
    if they were the whole world they wouldnt last a minute

  2. South Africa think they are wise they think that distroyed people’s property is the best solution.

  3. they need to be told, this rubbish has to stop, we accommodate them here, they should be able to do so there

  4. This level of killing in Africa is too bad. How can we be fighting our selves and we say we are same people.

  5. thanks for the enlightenment, indeed government should send a note if warning , we should embrace and love one another

  6. Do you know why they are doing that it is because they are afraid of losing their jobs to foreigners because most of them are bunch of illiterates.

  7. We are all one and why are they killing each other like this and let us have peace between us

  8. Xenophobic should be discouraged to the highest order. Xenomania should be encouraged with all seriousness

  9. Hmmmmm…………………………………,…………………………………………………………..,.

  10. we are not fools for giving them free avenue to invest in our country, their is a limit to what we can bear from them

  11. The South African government and agencies responsible for the security of lives and properties should step up efforts to curtail these attacks.

  12. This act by the south African citizen is so bad.I know the world leader will take control. It may lead violence

  13. However, with the ongoing situation, the South African Government need to send out a ‘strong message’ to its citizens that ‘hostility towards non-nationals will not acceptable under any circumstances’.

  14. Well i think this attack is like a virus,and i think other countries should be watchful and careful

  15. i support it but ket oir leader too make our nation great to makit a better palce to live

  16. Thanks so much admin for the information but must he always put eyes on nigeria and his country people live nigeria comfortable ………..

  17. I detest gearing or seeing the word “Xenophobia” it makes sb wanna puke seriously.
    We should let love lead.

  18. This is just so so bad and saddening, the south Africa government cannot not do any thing to curb this devilish act. The international bodies have to come in now.

  19. this reasons for their action is of xenophobic violence on forigners is very dubious, the Nigeria govt, should pls act on somthing very urgent

  20. These south Africans are sick…. Like what’s this killing for na… Really sad

  21. The useless fools committing this xenophobic attacks are not meant to be called our brothers, they are evil.

  22. But why the killing of one another those we claim as our brothers?

  23. But why must it be concentrated on Niger anyways, Thanks for the knowledge impacted, that was an excellent one

  24. Xenophobic violence refers to any act/acts of violence, perpetrated by local communities or groups against an individual or group of individuals,i concur to the above statement if only it will useful to individuals most especially youths .

  25. Xenophobic should be discouraged to the highest order. Xenomania should be encouraged with all seriousness

  26. they need to be told, this rubbish has to stop, we accommodate them here, they should be able to do so there

  27. Other countries are not fools they should also take legal action.

Comments are closed.

PLS NOTE: You will earn ₦2 for each approved comment and you will loose ₦100 for each of your comment that violate our comment policy. To avoid violating any part of the comment policy, kindly read it by clicking HERE.

.