South Africa: Xenophobia, Deep Roots, Today's Crisis

CATEGORY: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery
DATE: 12 September 2019
AUTHOR: Allafrica.com

As Daniel Magaziner wrote in South Africa´s Business Day on September 9, the current xenophobic violence in South Africa is hardly unique to that country, citing the similar violent rhetoric and actions that have marked the United States as well. Increasing inequality paired with the willingness of politicians to incite or tacitly tolerate hate speech and hate crimes are indeed features in many countries around the world. Magaziner notes that "In the wake of such horror it is not surprising to see politicians and regular people cry, rend their garments and insist that ´this is not who we are.´ But I am not sure. I think maybe it is."

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